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Bee file, 2013. Kings center DeMarcus Cousins surveys the scene.


Weekend poll: Should the Kings give DeMarcus Cousins a max-deal extension

Leading Off: Why is Cousins being so quiet about Kings?

Published: Saturday, Jun. 22, 2013 - 12:00 am | Page 1C
Last Modified: Tuesday, Sep. 3, 2013 - 5:38 pm

We've never negotiated a contract extension for an NBA player, so maybe we just don't understand the process.

According to The Bee's Jason Jones, Kings center DeMarcus Cousins has been told by his agent not to discuss the team, presumably so he won't hurt his bargaining power since he's eligible for a contract extension this summer.

It seems agent Dan Fegan wants a maximum deal for the fourth-year center – why wouldn't he? – and may consider demanding a trade to try to force the Kings' hand.

That negotiating tactic certainly isn't new, and we wouldn't begrudge him if he used it, but what might Cousins say that has Fegan so concerned?

Would it hurt Cousins' case for a max deal if he said he wants to play for the Kings and new coach Michael Malone and doesn't want to be traded?

Perhaps, but he could tone it down and say something like, "I've worked hard during the offseason, am in great shape, look forward to playing for Malone and expect to have a breakout season."

Or maybe talk about becoming a leader: "This is my team, and I will do everything I can to help us win."

Come on, Big Cuz, we know you love to talk, so anything but this silent treatment.

What to watch

Motor sports, NASCAR Sprint Cup qualifying, 11 a.m., SPEED: Who will get the pole for Sunday's Toyota/Save Mart 350 at Sonoma Raceway?

What to do

Baseball, Colorado Springs at River Cats, 7:05 p.m., Raley Field: Celebrate the 1,000th Cats game at Raley Field.

Weekend poll

Should the Kings give DeMarcus Cousins a max-deal extension?

• Yes, he's one of the best big men in the NBA.

• Yes, but at the end of the season, after he proves he can control his behavior.

• No, he hasn't earned it.

Vote above or leave your comments in the comments field.

Friday's poll results

Should the Kings bring back TV announcers Grant Napear and Jerry Reynolds?

• Yes, both of them: 56%

• Grant only: 5%

• Jerry only: 15%

• No, neither of them: 24%

Total votes: 1,042

Call The Bee's Tom Couzens, (916) 321-1097. Follow him on Twitter @tomcouzens.

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