Pete D'Alessandro and Michael Malone visited DeMarcus Cousins on Wednesday to express their desire to make him a cornerstone of the Sacramento Kings’ future.

"DeMarcus is a really talented player and we look forward to him being a major part of this team," D'Alessandro said. "We want him to get better as a player and help him get there. That's our mission. We love him in this role. I'm sure he's excited about it."

Cousins is eligible to sign an early Bird extension this offseason.

"He's a remarkable talent," D'Alessandro said. "He's a dominant player. There are very few dominant bigs. I look forward to our relationship growing, with myself, the new owners and the coaching staff. We have to support him to get to where he can."