Cousins' big deal in Sacramento means Greg Monroe will be getting a maximum contract -- from Detroit or from someone else. But it better be from Detroit.
Monroe, meanwhile, is still playing on his rookie deal. Still the sixth-highest-paid player on his own team. Still earning in 82 games what George could earn in 18.
He also doesn't looked poised to sign a contract extension this season and says he's not talking about his contract status all year so don't even bother bringing it up. And, again, I say just so that is crystal clear -- he has produced more to this point in his career than any of the above players(John Wall, Paul George, & DeMarcus Cousins)
Devin Dignam at Wages of Wins evaluated all of the best 2010 draft picks and figure out what their expected five-year value would be
. George finished first with play expected to be worth approximately $103.5 million. Monroe finished second with production roughly worth $90 million
Do you know where Cousins finished? Twelfth. Worth about $22.9 million over five years. That would be mean the Kings overpaid by, oh, $57 million
It's about paying a guy what he is worth. It's about rewarding Greg Monroe for being one of the two best players in his draft class and one of the best young big men in the NBA. It's about giving Monroe a maximum contract extension.
Because I don't want, and am not sureb