De’Aaron Fox has decided not to sign an extension with the Kings this summer.

De’Aaron Fox has the option of signing an extension with the Sacramento Kings this offseason, but he does not appear to be interested. According to The Athletic’s Anthony Slater and Sam Amick, Fox has decided not to sign a new contract for two reasons.

“Fox’s future also hangs in the background, as league sources indicate the All-Star guard has decided not to sign an extension this year, in part because he wants to watch how the roster Shaped for the long term. Fox, who has two seasons left on his current contract, wants to win at the highest level and may be eligible for a considerably higher salary if he makes All-NBA.

While some Kings fans may be concerned, I do not believe they should be, as this appears to be about the potential deal he can get rather than the roster. Fox has two years left on his five-year, $163 million contract.

The 26-year-old signed with the Kings in 2020, thus it makes logical that he would not sign an extension now. Fox failed not make any All-NBA teams in 2024, despite averaging 26.6 points, 4.6 rebounds, 5.6 assists, 2.0 steals, and 0.4 blocks per game in the2023-24 campaign. It means the former All-Star was not eligible for a four-year, $269 million supermax contract. Fox’s maximum salary this summer is a three-year, $167 million agreement, which is fairly cheap in contrast. By not signing it, he is betting on himself to make the All-NBA team next year and then be eligible for the supermax.

It looks that Fox did the same thing in the 2023 offseason, when he reportedly turned down a two-year, $105 million contract from the Kings. He was aiming to make the All-NBA team in 2024 to earn more money, but things didn’t work out that way.

The Kings’ 46-36 record as the ninth seed likely contributed to this. I expect them to be stronger next season, and if their record improves, Fox will most likely be chosen in 2025.

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