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The tension has been palpable in California's Capital City, where even the highest-ranking team officials are unsure what might happen in the coming weeks. Numerous sources who have spoken to the Maloofs recently have been told that it was far from certain that the team would remain in Sacramento for next season and that relocating was certainly being considered. On Saturday night, Kings forward Jason Thompson tweeted about a possible move to Anaheim but the tweet was removed quickly thereafter. FanHouse.com

November 28, 2010 Updates

Landry overslept Saturday morning and missed most of the Kings' shootaround. Thompson starting made for the Kings' sixth different starting lineup this season. And though Thompson has excelled at times off the bench, Landry checked in with 4:37 left in the first quarter. Though Landry has excelled as a reserve in his career, bringing Landry off the bench isn't something Kings coach Paul Westphal figures to do on a regular basis. "I like Carl on the floor a lot," Westphal said." I like him in the starting lineup. It's an opportunity (Saturday) because of a bad alarm clock to see what this looks like." Sacramento Bee

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There have been some rumors of the Kings trading Jason Thompson—one rumor for Atlanta’s Jeff Teague—as Thompson’s playing time has declined this season. One reason they postulate around the Kings for Thompson’s decline to averaging 5.4 points, less than half his career average, is his size 20 feet hamper his balance and footwork and lead to missed layups. Yes, he had those same size feet before when he was playing well, though this may also explain Will Perdue’s offensive problems. NBA.com

November 17, 2010 Updates

Geoff Petrie, who tried to pry Darren Collison from New Orleans before the former UCLA star was traded to Indiana, more recently inquired about Atlanta Hawks backup Jeff Teague, with Thompson reportedly part of the conversation. "It's the NBA," Thompson said after Tuesday's practice, in a matter-of-fact manner. "It's a business. It's kind of good when your name is floated out there. It means you're well -known, you're wanted. The story book is me ending my career here and winning some division titles and getting to the playoffs. But the book isn't finished yet, so you never know." Sacramento Bee

A superbly conditioned athlete at 6-foot-11 and 250 pounds, Thompson, 24, envisions himself as an emerging star in the chiseled mold of Karl Malone. Thompson's long-term goal is to lead the league in rebounding, and secondarily, to establish himself as a consistent interior scorer. His more immediate plan is reclaiming his lost playing time, and if that means earning minutes at small forward? He'll swallow hard. He'll be the good soldier. He'll try to earn minutes at small forward. Some within the organization have long maintained that Thompson is better suited away from the basket, relying more on face-up jumpers than power moves. Sacramento Bee

"I think Jason should use the backboard more often," said the Kings' second-year coach. "I think he's better off shooting one-legged layups instead of gathering with his feet too close together. That's an area (finishing) that he needs to improve on. We work with him on it, but it's hard to change your habits." Sacramento Bee

November 16, 2010 Updates

Thompson said the talk hasn't affected him. He has been the subject of speculation after falling on the depth chart to the point he's being used as a small forward and not his natural power forward spot. This season, he's averaging 15.6 minutes, well off last season's 31.4. Thompson is taking the talk in stride. "Until I hear it from Geoff, coach or guys who are reliable about the situation, it's just guessing or hearsay," he said. Sacramento Bee

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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

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