Few players have a better relationship with fans than that of big man, Jason Thompson. That’s why recent rumors from ESPN’s Marc Stein suggesting the Kings are looking to move the backup will be met with a wrinkled lip.
Stein, who punched out a late-night piece Sunday hinted that Sacramento isn’t done re-tooling their roster and the former Rider talent could be the next player to be traded out of the Kingdom:
Next up? League sources told ESPN.com that the Kings will be trying to find a new home for forward Jason Thompson, who presumably wouldn’t quibble with a fresh start after the arrivals of Gay and Williams to play alongside Cousins.
With Carl Landy getting closer and closer to a return, Thompson’s floor time would dwindle and he doesn’t seem to fit the mold of the seemingly athletic Kings who now feature high-flying talent like Derrick Williams and Rudy Gay at the forward spot.
What the Kings would net in return for Thompson is an unknown.
Still earning $5.6 million this season and $12.4 over the course of the next two, he’s not exactly expensive though he’s not what you’d call cheap either. But there are plenty of teams who’d be more than happy with a gritty, hard working power forward/center who is still just 27.
No trade is imminent, but if something does come up in the next few weeks or months, few eyes will be dry.