Interesting note out of ESPN’s Mark Stein this morning:
(Sacramento forward Jason) 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.
There was a time, it seems like just a year ago (because it was), that Thompson was going to be the future of the Kings frontline, along side Spencer Hawes. Apparently, not so much. If the Kings are shopping Thompson for a backup point guard — and for all his promise that is all Teague has proven to be so far — then his days are numbered in Sacramento.
Which isn’t a shock, really. In an ideal world, DeMarcus Cousins is a four along side a defensive, shot-blocking center. Right now, Carl Landry and Darnell Jackson are getting a lot of time at the four. Thompson, the former No. 12 overall pick, has some talent but not as much as the guys the Kings already have at the spot.
Smart money says Thompson gets moved before the deadline, maybe long before the deadline.