The Sacramento Kings signed center DeMarcus Cousins to a four-year maximum contract extension worth a reported $62 million Monday, saying the 23-year-old is the foundation the franchise will build on.
The fifth overall selection of the 2010 NBA draft, Cousins led the Kings last season with averages of 17.1 points, 9.9 rebounds and 1.4 steals and also averaged 2.7 assists. He also ranked ninth among the league’s leading rebounders in 2012-13.
KNICKS PICK UP WOODSON
The New York Knicks picked up the option on coach Mike Woodson’s contract for the 2014-15 season.
Woodson led the Knicks to a 54-28 record last season and their first Atlantic Division title since 1994. He is 72-34 since taking over for Mike D’Antoni late in the 2011-12 season.
KARL NEW ANALYST AT ESPN
Former SuperSonics coach George Karl, who won the NBA Coach of the Year award last season but then lost his job with the Denver Nuggets, is joining ESPN as a studio analyst.
Karl signed a multiyear deal but will clearly keep an eye out for a return to the sideline. He previously worked for ESPN as a studio analyst during the 2003-04 season.
“I think they know and I know that in the right situation there’s always the possibility of going back to coaching,” Karl said.
Karl will debut Friday night on the 8 p.m. (PDT) “SportsCenter”.