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DeMarcus Cousins averaged 17.7 points, 9.9 rebounds and 30.5 minutes per game in 75 contests last year. (USA TODAY IMAGES)
DeMarcus Cousins is entering his fourth NBA season at the age of 22. Regarded as one of the league's most dominant yet imature centers, the Kings appear ready to invest, as the team will meet with Cousins' agent Dan Fegan to address a potential extension in the near future, according to the Sacramento Bee.
Cousins is set to earn $4.9 million in the penultimate year of his four-year, $15.8 million rookie contract this year, and would become an unrestricted free agent at the end of next season if he is not extended beforehand. He's reportedly in line for an approximate five-year, $80 million deal.
The 6-foot-11, 270-pound center averaged 17.7 points, 9.9 rebounds and 30.5 minutes per game in 75 contests last year, and, for the second consecutive offseason, he's training with the United States national team.
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Cousins came off the bench in Thursday's Team USA showcase and contributed six points in 12 minutes. He also tied for the team lead with seven rebounds while playing the second fewest minutes.
"I'm not used to that, but it's like that in these types of games," Cousins said of being a role player, not a centerpiece. "There are more guards than bigs, so you have to get in the rotation.
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"It was a fun experience. It was fun playing with a lot of talented players."
Sacramento's new ownership group is hoping the exposure will help in Cousins' ongoing maturation process and allow him to take his game to the next level, especially if they are going to award him a near-max deal extension.