SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) -Guard Kevin Martin agreed in principle to a contract extension Tuesday with the Sacramento Kings.
Geoff Petrie, the Kings' president of basketball operations, announced the deal, believed to be a five-year extension to begin in the 2008-09 season. Martin's agent, Jason Levien, couldn't immediately be reached for comment.
``We expect to finalize the contract in the very near future,'' Petrie said. ``He's one of the most exciting young players in the NBA. We look forward to watching him play for many years to come.''
Martin, a speedy shooter who will begin his fourth NBA season in the fall, was the Kings' leading scorer last season at 20.2 points per game.
The former first-round pick was one of Sacramento's few bright spots during its first losing season since 1998, and the club moved quickly to sign Martin before he became a free agent after next season. Sacramento has made few changes to its 33-win roster in the offseason, signing center Mikki Moore and hiring coach Reggie Theus.

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