HoopsHype Jason Thompson rumors

July 11, 2012 Updates

Today is the first official day that teams can actually sign free agent and the Sacramento Kings wasted no time announcing the signing of their number one priority in free agency, fifth year power forward Jason Thompson. While terms of the agreement are unknown at this time, published reports have the deal at five years with an approximate salary of $6 million a season. The official press release is below. Cowbell Kingdom

July 9, 2012 Updates

Jason Thompson will return to the Kings after an agreement was reached on a multi-year deal Sunday. Terms of the deal were not disclosed and Kings basketball president was limited in what he could say because of NBA rules during the moratorium on signing free agents that ends Wednesday. The deal is expected to average $6 million per season. Having Thompson's deal completed frees Petrie to look at other areas. Petrie said trades and other free agents are possibilities. "We're going to look at (trades and free agents) and pursue some things," Petrie said. Sacramento Bee

July 8, 2012 Updates

The Sacramento Kings can mark off their top priority in free agency. They have reached an agreement with restricted free-agent power forward Jason Thompson, who can sign the contract Wednesday. "We're really excited about where we are with negotiations," Kings basketball president Geoff Petrie said Sunday. "And it's our intention to enter into a player contract once the moratorium ends." Sacramento Bee

Petrie could not discuss contract specifics, per league rules. But it is believed to be a multiyear deal that will pay Thompson about $6 million in the first season, approximately $1.5 million more than he would have earned if he played under his one-year qualifying offer. Sacramento Bee

July 2, 2012 Updates

The Kings haven't forgotten about Terrence Williams. The swingman who stepped in and became the team's best passer after stops in New Jersey and Houston will have to wait for Thompson's situation to be resolved before the Kings address re-signing him. Sacramento Bee

July 1, 2012 Updates

Petrie reiterated that the organization's goal was to re-sign restricted free agent Jason Thompson. Teams were expected to begin making calls at 12:01 a.m, EST). The parties can reach verbal agreements, and begin signing contracts on July 11. Sacramento Bee

June 29, 2012 Updates

According to Kings president Geoff Petrie, Thompson is top priority when free agency begins Sunday. “Our primary focus initially is going to be with Jason,” said Petrie following the conclusion of this year’s draft. ”We still have other needs obviously. We weren’t going to fill every need with one player, at least where we were picking.” Cowbell Kingdom

June 27, 2012 Updates
June 25, 2012 Updates

The Sacramento Kings today extended a qualifying offer to Jason Thompson, making him a restricted free agent, according to Kings President of Basketball Operations Geoff Petrie. NBA.com

June 7, 2012 Updates
May 10, 2012 Updates

You listen to Thompson and you believe he’d really like to stay with the Kings and have it work out there. Is that realistic for a team with four straight last-place finishes? Who knows? The Kings will add another lottery pick to the roster this draft. “I just don’t want to be in a bad situation,’’ he said. “And I really do believe we have the talent to be a playoff team. As far as the city and fans go, I really like it, that’s not a problem at all. It’s great. We’re the only pro team in town; the fans are good to us. The thing is I just want to win.’’ Newark Star-Ledger

May 7, 2012 Updates

Looking at your own free agents, how do you go about evaluating where they fit? Geoff Petrie: Jason (Thompson), once he became a starter, showed he's a good complement to DeMarcus, (and) doesn't necessarily need the ball to score. He's going to run the floor, he gives you another passer out there as a big guy, and he started finishing better this year. … So he's somebody we will definitely give the qualifying offer to and look to re-sign. After that, it's Donté (Greene), and we really haven't sat down and discussed the rest of the roster. Donté had some really good stretches for us, too. We'll have to wait and see how the draft order sorts out and see to what extent it becomes a potential allocation of resources. Sacramento Bee

May 5, 2012 Updates

Looking at your own free agents, how do you go about evaluating where they fit? Jason (Thompson), once he became a starter, showed he's a good complement to DeMarcus, (and) doesn't necessarily need the ball to score. He's going to run the floor, he gives you another passer out there as a big guy, and he started finishing better this year. … So he's somebody we will definitely give the qualifying offer to and look to re-sign. After that, it's Donté (Greene), and we really haven't sat down and discussed the rest of the roster. Donté had some really good stretches for us, too. We'll have to wait and see how the draft order sorts out and see to what extent it becomes a potential allocation of resources. Sacramento Bee

April 28, 2012 Updates

After four seasons in Sacramento, Jason Thompson knows the Kings want him back. The Kings plan to extend a qualifying offer to Thompson that would make him a restricted free agent and guarantee him a salary of about $4.1 million. Sacramento would have the right to match any offer the forward receives from another team. "I can't predict the future, but for now it's clear they want me to stay here," Thompson said. Sacramento Bee

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