The Sacramento Kings have handed out the NBA’s first max contract of the 2020 offseason, and it’s to keep their own point guard long-term.

According to Shams Charania of The Athletic and Stadium, Sacramento has agreed to a five-year, $163 max contract extension with De’Aaron Fox. The contract reportedly has a clause to reach the $195.6 million supermax.

So, clearly Fox is *the* guy in Sacramento going forward, even after the organization used the No. 12 overall pick of the 2020 NBA Draft to select Iowa State point guard Tyrese Haliburton — who many evaluators viewed as a top-five prospect in the draft — on Wednesday. But in today’s NBA, you can never have too many playmaking point/combo guards.

Fox — who turns 23 on Dec. 22 — averaged 21.1 points, 6.8 assists, 3.8 rebounds, and 1.5 steals in 51 games for the Kings this past season. While his three-point shooting was the worst mark of his three-year at 29.2 % (after 37.1% in 2019-20), he still had some career-best marks in efficiency, like with his 48.0 field goal % and 20.6 Player Efficiency Rating.

The University of Kentucky product — and No. 5 overall pick by the Kings in the 2017 NBA Draft — was particularly good in the Orlando bubble, averaging 25 points while shooting 50% from the field.

Sacramento went 31-41 in the 2019-20 season, and last reached the playoffs in 2005-06 (yeah, it’s been a long time).

We’ll see where the Kings go from here, but they’ve quickly taken care of their biggest offseason decision.

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