NBA Trade: De’Aaron Fox agrees to maximum five-year extension with Sacramento Kings
De’Aaron Fox has agreed to sign a maximum five-year contract extension with the Sacramento Kings that will be worth at least $ 163 million. (More sports news)
The point guard’s agent, Chris Gaston, has confirmed the deal to ESPN.
Fox’s deal will rise in value if the NBA’s annual salary cap rises above $ 112 million or if it makes an All-NBA team, with $ 196 million the highest potential total value s he became a selection of the first team.
The Kings haven’t made the NBA Playoffs since 2006 and are hopeful Fox can help them end that streak.
Since being drafted fifth overall in 2017, Fox has increased his minutes per game and his score every year, averaging a career-high 21.1 points in 32 minutes over 51 games over the course of the 2019-2020 season, which was disrupted by the coronavirus pandemic.
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Fox, 22, finished the season on a high in the Orlando bubble, scoring at least 26 points in four of his last six games, including a career-high 39 against the San Antonio Spurs in July.
Throughout the year, he led the Kings in points, assists and steals (1.5 per game), while his field goal percentage of 48 was third in the league among point guards, behind only Ben Simmons and Derrick Rose, although his three-point shot was a career low of 29.2 as he increased his attempts to 3.6 PG.
Fox had also been a standout player in his second season, seeing his minutes drop from 27.8 to 31.4 in his rookie season, starting all 82 Kings games except one in 2018-19.
He averaged 6.8 assists in 2019-20, just down from 7.3 in his sophomore year, but still good for 15th place in the NBA.
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