Nov 15, 2010, 10:12 AM EDT
Interesting note out of ESPN’s Mark Stein this morning:
(Sacramento forward Jason) Thompson is averaging just 15.4 minutes per game off the bench and has been shopped by the Kings, who according to one source with knowledge of the talks offered the 6-11, 250-pounder to Atlanta in a deal featuring young point guard Jeff Teague. The Hawks declined.
There was a time, it seems like just a year ago (because it was), that Thompson was going to be the future of the Kings frontline, along side Spencer Hawes. Apparently, not so much. If the Kings are shopping Thompson for a backup point guard — and for all his promise that is all Teague has proven to be so far — then his days are numbered in Sacramento.
Which isn’t a shock, really. In an ideal world, DeMarcus Cousins is a four along side a defensive, shot-blocking center. Right now, Carl Landry and Darnell Jackson are getting a lot of time at the four. Thompson, the former No. 12 overall pick, has some talent but not as much as the guys the Kings already have at the spot.
Smart money says Thompson gets moved before the deadline, maybe long before the deadline.
- Report: Veteran forward Chuck Hayes agrees to deal with Clippers 3
- Report: Lakers to sign Brazilian, FC Barcelona point guard Marcelo Huertas to one-year deal 4
- Shaq to Kobe on podcast: “I just want people to know that I don’t hate you” 18
- D’Angelo Russell on Tracy McGrady tweet: “Some Lakers fans are spoiled” 27
- Anthony Davis “definitely” plans on shooting more threes this season 4
- Jim Buss defends Byron Scott as Lakers coach, “He has the Laker blood in him” 24
- Jim Buss open to the idea of Kobe Bryant playing beyond this season 32
- Derrick Rose on sexual assault suit: “I am confident I will be proven innocent” 4