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Report: Kings not done trading, Jason Thompson next on block

Dec 9, 2013, 11:19 AM EST

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Getting Rudy Gay in a trade from Toronto was not a sign the Kings want to make a run at the playoffs right now in the West — they are one of just two teams in a deep conference with no real shot at the postseason (Utah is the other).

No, this was about future cap space (once the Gay deal ends) and seeing what players fit next to centerpiece DeMarcus Cousins — can Gay and recently acquired Derrick Williams work as frontcourt partners with Cousins? I’m not sold (unless Gay wants to start passing to Cousins in the post, something he didn’t do consistently with Jonas Valanciunas) but it’s a gamble worth taking for the Kings who didn’t give up that much in the trade.

One thing is for sure: Sacramento is not done reshaping the roster. Next on the trade block is Kings starting power forward Jason Thompson, reports Marc Stein at ESPN.

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.

The market for Thompson isn’t going to be that strong. He’s got good size at 6’11” and has shown stretches of solid play in the past but has regressed with his shooting the past couple seasons (46.6 percent this season) and he’s an average rebounder and defender. On top of that he is owed $19.2 million over the next three seasons guaranteed, which is not an outrageous amount but teams are careful about tying up future cap space with players who are not stars.

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Still this is a sign the Kings are retooling their roster with Cousins as the heart of it. Those orders likely cone all the way from ownership. We will see how GM Pete D’Alessandro decides to execute those orders.

  1. brianscalabrine - Dec 9, 2013 at 11:34 AM

    Thompson would be a good bench player, but he’s a fringe starter at best on a good team.

    Gotta give it to the Kings’ new front office, though. They are trying to actually get good chemistry at all five positions, instead of just loading up on shooting guards and power forwards like they’ve done for the past five years.

    • jeffkx - Dec 9, 2013 at 2:16 PM

      We in Cleveland hope they improve and make the playoffs. We have their 1st rounder this year, top 12 protected as I’m sure you know. But it’s nice to see a team try to improve around their star player, unlike Cleveland who started CJ Miles at SG and Alonzo Gee at SF the last few weeks.

  2. cowboysfaninbuffalove - Dec 9, 2013 at 1:14 PM

    I would also mention in this article that the kings gm and Raptors gm were both together in Denver. That might have helped the trade go through

  3. stephenolszewski - Dec 9, 2013 at 1:17 PM

    Thompson is good just way overpaid (what athlete isn’t?) but the Kings lineup is pretty nice with Thomas, McLemore, Gay, Williams, and Cousins

  4. jeffkx - Dec 9, 2013 at 2:14 PM

    Jarrett Jack seems to be a bad fit here in Cleveland. I’m sure he would be a pretty good PG in Sacramento. Their salaries are pretty close too. Problem is we have a fat turd power forward (Anthony Bennett) sitting here on the bench so there would be no room for Jason lol.

  5. ruffridin - Dec 10, 2013 at 12:16 AM

    How is taking on Gays 19million for next a cap space move for the Kings? Did you not see Gay play in T.O?

  6. muhangis - Dec 11, 2013 at 4:04 AM

    Kings makin moves son! This team is def on the rise.

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