Feb 13, 2013; Dallas, TX, USA; Sacramento Kings center DeMarcus Cousins (15) warms up before the game against the Dallas Mavericks at the American Airlines Center. The Mavericks defeated the Kings 123-100. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports

Sacramento Kings, DeMarcus Cousins nearing contract extension

When Vivek Ranadive was spotted in Las Vegas this Summer speaking to DeMarcus Cousins, you knew it was just a matter of time until the Kings and their big man agreed on a contract extension.

That time is now – well – at least, it could be in just a few days.

The Kings are set to open up training camp in Santa Barbara in just a few days and according to ESPN’s Marc Stein, it’s possible they and Cousins will have wrapped up a contract extension before that date.

Sacramento Kings big man DeMarcus Cousins is on course to see his contract extended before the Oct. 31 extension deadline for 2010 first-round picks, according to sources with knowledge of the talks.

Two sources told ESPN.com that Cousins could actually have a deal wrapped up before the Kings open training camp next week in Santa Barbara, Calif.

Ranadive and the Kings have went all in on Cousins as their franchise building block, so it’s more a matter of when, not if a contract will be agreed upon.

Cousins will be next in a list of 2010 draftees to already sign an extension, including former Kentucky teammate John Wall. It’s likely he’ll command a deal worth five years and $80 million dollars, give or take.

Some will obviously be less than pleased with Cousins being extended considering he’s quite the enigma – you tend to love him or hate him, but even at $80 million dollars, Cousins’ contract will always be moveable down the road, if need be.

You risk losing him for nothing (or a bargain basement price) by not extending him, so like him or not, it’s the right move for the franchise.

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