The Sacramento Kings are making strikes this week. First, they chose Tyrese Haliburton with the 12th choice within the NBA Draft — after Haliburton reportedly informed different groups to move on him so the Kings might select him. Now, they’re ensuring their star level guard sticks round for the long-term.
The Kings and De’Aaron Fox have agreed to a five-year max extension price $163 million. The 23-year-old guard averaged a career-high 21.1 factors final season. He added 6.eight assists and three.eight rebounds per recreation.
Fox can earn extra money by hitting sure milestones — although all of them are technically out of his management.
First, the NBA wage cap has to rise above $112 million. That appeared a certainty a yr in the past, although the coronavirus pandemic has hindered the league’s income, and consequently, the wage cap.
But when the wage cap does hit that $112 million quantity, Fox’s oncourt play — plus the votes of sportswriters and broadcasters — will decide his wage.
Fox will earn $170 million if he is an All-NBA Third Staff choice. If he makes the All-NBA Second Staff, he’ll make $183 million. And if he is one of many 5 prime gamers within the league and earns an All-NBA First Staff choice, he’ll earn $196 million.
If none of these occur, Fox will nonetheless be doing fairly properly for himself, incomes a mean of $32.6 million per yr.
The Kings have not made the playoffs because the 2005-06 season, which can be the final time that they had a successful report. However they’ve made progress since taking Fox with the fifth decide within the 2017 NBA Draft. The group completed 39-43 in 2018-19, good for ninth within the Western Convention. And final yr, they ended up 12th at 31-41 however have been within the playoff hunt through the NBA’s restart within the Disney World bubble.
Now, with head coach Luke Walton in his second yr and Fox locked in for the lengthy haul, the Kings will look to construct on that success. The mixture of sturdy group play coupled with nice particular person numbers might give Fox each a style of the playoffs — and an enormous increase to his checking account.