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Jason Thompson
Jason Thompson
Position: C-F
Born: 07/21/86
Height: 6-11 / 2.11
Weight:250 lbs. / 113.4 kg.
Salary: $6,431,250
The Sacramento Kings cleared about $16 million in salary-cap space on Wednesday night, unloading two significant contracts onto the Philadelphia 76ers, league sources told Yahoo Sports. The Kings traded forwards Carl Landry and Jason Thompson and 2014 No. 8 overall draft pick Nik Stauskas to the 76ers for the rights to overseas players and a future second-round draft pick, sources said. The Kings will send the Sixers a protected future first-round draft pick as part of the deal, league sources told Yahoo Sports.
You’ve had to reinvent yourself again and again. That’s probably the thing that is going to define you at the end of your career – the fact that you never had the chance to stay with somebody and grow into a role, it’s always something new. How much has that hurt you overall? Jason Thompson: That’s tough. You always want to have a good legacy. I think over the years, in high school I grew nine inches and got better stats-wise. In college grew three inches and all of my stats went up. I think numbers-wise, my first two years in my NBA career were my best. It’s kind of tough. It’s one thing if you’ve had the same amount of shots and your numbers went down. And then your role changes and you’re a defensive stopper too. Sometimes you make sacrifices to make the team better and the team has had spurts, but it hasn’t turned into the wins and the success, so it’s kind of disappointing. Some of the things that I’ve done over the years don’t show up on the stat sheets, but if you know the game of basketball then you know I’m doing something.
Jason Thompson will pass Peja Stojakovic on Friday night as the all-time leader in games played by a King in the Sacramento era. It’s a feat that many would celebrate. 519 games with one franchise is rare in today’s game. The Kings intend to do something special for their starting power forward when the team returns to Sacramento later this month, but Thompson would just assume they didn’t.
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Now that new coach George Karl is in place in Sacramento, sources told Sporting News this week that the Kings have stepped up their focus on re-arranging the roster in order to bring in the type of athletic, versatile players that suit Karl’s aggressive and up-tempo style of play. Even before the hiring of Karl, the team has been shopping big man Jason Thompson, reserve forward Derrick Williams and—in lieu of a first-round pick—rookie Nik Stauskas.
The Nets have been in discussions about trading either Lopez or Deron Williams this season, including talks with the Kings that would have centered around Williams going to Sacramento in exchange for Darren Collison, Jason Thompson and Derrick Williams. Those talks were held up, however, by the Kings being interested in Mason Plumlee and the Nets in rookie Nik Stauskas, both non-starters for the other team.
A hiccup in the trade is Sacramento coveting Mason Plumlee, who is not part of the deal as currently proposed. Plumlee would upgrade the Kings at the power forward spot forming an imposing frontcourt along with DeMarcus Cousins and Rudy Gay. All three were teammates on Team USA that captured the FIBA World Cup in Spain this offseason.