Report: Kings signing De’Aaron Fox to max contract extension

Dan Feldman
·2 min read

Kings point guard De'Aaron Fox is an exciting, talented rising star. He even said he didn’t crave to be in a big market.

That’s music to Sacramento’s ears.

The Kings are showing their appreciation with a max rookie-scale contract extension.

Shams Charania of The Athletic:

Fox was already under contract for next season. This extension will kick in in 2021, when the exact compensation will be determined. It’ll depend where the 2021-22 salary cap lands and whether Fox makes an All-NBA team next season.

Projections (based on Bobby Marks’ reporting of negotiated super-max terms):

  • No All-NBA: $163 million

  • All-NBA third team: $170 million

  • All-NBA second team: $183 million

  • All-NBA third team: $196 million

A downside for Sacramento: Fox will now begin next offseason counting against the cap at his 2021-22 salary (which projects to be $28 million without an All-NBA selection and would be even higher with one). If they had delayed, the Kings could have held Fox at a $24,298,881 cap hold, used their cap space then exceeded the cap to re-sign him to a contract with the exact same terms of this extension.

The upside: This keeps the franchise player happy and prevents him from signing a shorter offer sheet in restricted free agency. The Kings will have done especially well if the extension contains no player option, keeping Fox under team control for six more years.

Report: Kings signing De’Aaron Fox to max contract extension originally appeared on NBCSports.com