HoopsHype Jason Thompson rumors
Thompson said he relies on Petrie or his agent, Leon Rose, to keep him abreast of the situation. Thompson said he has heard nothing from Petrie about possibly being dealt. "I can only control what I can control," Thompson said. "I'm just trying to get better in whatever situation I'm in, and hopefully, it's here." Sacramento Bee
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. ESPN.com
Jason Jones: KIngs hoops prez Geoff Petrie on Jason Thompson: "We’re not having any trade discussions regarding him.” Twitter
So Thompson is adjusting to small forward to help the Kings exploit what they hope can be a matchup problem in certain situations. "I'm still just trying to learn," Thompson said. "I can shoot, and I have some lateral quickness, so I can guard some threes. It's obviously tough." At 6-foot-11 and 250 pounds, Thompson isn't built like a small forward. So he'll use his size when possible. Some matchups won't make sense, particularly those against smaller and quicker players. But when they can, the Kings plan to use Thompson to their advantage. His dribbling, rebounding and perimeter shooting are assets. "It's really a way of looking at something that can give our team a different look and give him more of a chance to be effective," said Kings coach Paul Westphal. "Because he's really a good player, and I want him on the floor. It's a good problem to have because it means we have a lot of guys contributing at (forward and center)." Sacramento Bee
Take the Kings' Jason Thompson. He really has made an effort not to be overly emotional with the officials during exhibition games. But even those efforts are a matter of trial and error as Thompson learned when he approached one referee in what he thought was the correct manner. "I said, 'I don't want to argue, I don't want to complain, but I want to ask you a question,' " Thompson said. "And he was like, 'Can you put your hands down?' And I talk with my hands." Sacramento Bee
But beginning this season, officials are instructed to enforce respect for the game, even when innocent actions might be worthy of a technical foul. "Some guys, you're not being disrespectful, you just talk with your hands," Thompson said. "And with me being a communications major, that's just what I do. It helps me out. And he was like, 'Can you put your hands down? That's a warning.' " Sacramento Bee
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