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Kings exercise contract options on three players


Posted Jun 22 2011 5:20PM

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) -- The Sacramento Kings have exercised the rookie contract options on guard Tyreke Evans, forward Omri Casspi and center DeMarcus Cousins for the 2012-13 season.

Kings president of basketball operations Geoff Petrie announced the moves Wednesday.

Evans averaged a team-high 17.8 points, 4.8 rebounds, and 5.6 assists in 57 outings in his second year this past season. He won the Rookie of the Year award his first year with the Kings.

Casspi averaged 8.6 points and 4.3 rebounds in 71 games in his second year this past season. He is the first Israeli-born player in the NBA after being selected 23rd by the Kings in the 2009 draft.

Cousins averaged 14.1 points and a team-high 8.6 rebounds as a rookie this past season.

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