demarcus cousins

The Sacramento Kings today exercised the 2013-14 contract options of center DeMarcus Cousins and guard Jimmer Fredette, according to Kings’ President of Basketball Operations Geoff Petrie.

“We’re looking forward to seeing DeMarcus and Jimmer play this year and continue to grow, improve and help this team be successful,” said Petrie.

Cousins, who is currently in his third NBA season, averaged 18.1 points (.448 FGs, .143 3FGs, .702 FTs), a team-high 11.0 rebounds, 1.6 assists, 1.5 steals and 1.2 blocks per game last year through 64 outings, of which he started 62. He has amassed career averages of 15.9 points (.439 FGs, .156 3FGs, .694 FTs), 9.7 rebounds, 2.1 assists, 1.2 steals and 1.0 blocks per game over 145 contests, of which he started 124 in two seasons. Cousins was selected by the Kings as an undergraduate out of Kentucky with the fifth overall pick in the 2010 NBA Draft and was named to the 2010-11 NBA All-Rookie Team.

Fredette, who is currently in his second NBA season, finished his rookie campaign averaging 7.6 points (.386 FGs, .361 3FGs, .833 FTs), 1.2 rebounds and 1.8 assists per game through 61 outings, of which he started seven. He was selected by Sacramento as a senior out of BYU with the 10th overall pick in the 2011 NBA Draft.