Report: Kings’ Kosta Koufos opting in

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Kings center Kosta Koufos is coming off a nice year. The 29-year-old could probably help several better teams next season.

But it’ll be a tight market this summer, especially for traditional centers. He probably couldn’t land a salary on the open market above his $8,739,500 player option, which is why he’s making the sensible choice.

Chris Haynes of ESPN:

Sacramento Kings center Kosta Koufos will exercise his 2018-19 player option worth $8.7 million to return to the club, league sources said Wednesday.

The Kings have already traded their 2019 first-round pick. So, Koufos could help them win in a year there’s no incentive to tank.

But a free agent they could have signed instead probably could have helped even more.

Koufos maintains a glut of bigs in Sacramento – Koufos, Zach Randolph, Willie Cauley-Stein, Skal Labissiere and Harry Giles. Will Koufos help the Kings win a satisfactory amount or just get in the way of Cauley-Stein’s, Labissiere’s and Giles’ development?

At best, Koufos plays well enough to be tradable for value before the deadline. Considering how little buyers need centers, that seems unlikely. But it’s certainly possible.