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NBA Trade Rumors: Jason Thompson the Next Sacramento King to Go?

Yesterday the Sacramento Kings continued to reinvent their roster.

After trading for Derrick Williams a week ago, they swung another deal yesterday, acquiring Rudy Gay from the Toronto Raptors.

And according to ESPN’s Marc Stein, they might not be done wheeling and dealing.

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 27 year-old Thompson was the team’s 12th overall pick back in 2008. Since then, he hasn’t really panned out. He hasn’t been terrible – averaging a little over 10 points and 7 rebounds a game – but he hasn’t quite lived up to expectations either.

By adding Williams and Gay, the team has clearly shown Thompson is not in their long term plans.

Just because the Kings want to trade Thompson, it doesn’t mean they will easily be able to do so, however. As Stein points out, no one knows what the market is for the big man.

It remains to be seen, though, what sort of market exists for Thompson, who received a five-year contract extension worth just more than $30 million from the Kings’ previous regime under former lead executive Geoff Petrie, who selected the 6-foot-11, 250-pounder with the No. 12 pick in 2008.

There will likely be teams who are interested in Thompson, but what they are willing to give up to get him remains to be seen. Given his production, or lack thereof, over his first few years, it doesn’t promise to be much.

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