It’s been a great offseason for the 2010 NBA Draft class. First John Wall signed his 5yr 85million dollar deal, Larry Sanders signed his 4yr 44million dollar deal, and this week Paul George signed his 5yr $90million dollar contract, and now Demarcus Cousins has followed suit. Cousins who’s only 23yrs old has signed a 4yr $62million dollar extension with the Sacramento Kings. This should come as no surprise due to Cousins telling the Kings sign me to a max extension or trade me. There’s no question if Cousins is worth max money. Cousins is a walking double-double waiting to happen. For his career Cousins has averaged 16.3ppg and 9.8rebs while shooting 44% from the field. The only thing that should be questioned is can Cousins mature as a player to stay on court when the Kings need him and become the leader of this team? That’s something I’m sure new Kings head coach Mike Malone has spoken to Cousins about. This is a great signing by the Kings now they can focus on developing this roster for the long term. Next guy from this draft class I can see signing a extension is Greg Monroe. But congrats to Demarcus Cousins on a well deserved contract.
John Wall and the Washington Wizards have agreed upon a max contract extension that’s 5 years and worth $80 million. John Wall always viewed himself as a max contract players and the Wizards agreed. The deal will kick in during the 2014-2015 season. This will keep Wall in D.C until the 2018-2019 season. Wizards owner Ted Leonsis said Wall is the cornerstone of the Wizards franchise, and they will build around him. Last year John Wall missed the beginning of the season due to a stress injury in his left knee, and the Wizards lost their first 12 games and went 5-28 in the first 33 games Wall missed. But once Wall returned on Jan 12th the Wizards went 24-25 in their final 49 games. Wall averaged 20.7 ppg on 44.7 percent shooting, 4.5 rebs, 7.8 assist, and 1.5 steals. Wall makes his teammates better as Bradley Beal showed major improvement with Wall on the floor shooting 50% from three point range in Walls return compared to 34% from three point range while Wall was injured. Wall still needs to work on his jump shot so he can knock down jumpers more consistently, but he’s worth a extension not $80 million though. Would you take Wall over Steph Curry? I wouldn’t, but Wall is still a great player it’s no shot at him. This Wizards team should make the playoffs next year with Wall, Beal, Nene, Martell Webster, new rookie Otto Porter, and Trevor Ariza. Wall must continue to improve his game year, and stay healthy so he can be the superstar that everyone is expecting him to be. But nonetheless congrats to John Wall, it’s a well deserved extension.