Thompson a Big Part of Kings’ Future?
By reaching a buyout agreement and waiving forward J.J. Hickson on Monday, the Kings showed (Jason) Thompson is someone they see playing a part in their future.
Hickson and Thompson were in position to receive qualifying offers and become restricted free agents this offseason. The Kings would be able to match any offer to their restricted free agents.
“At some point, if you go back to the beginning of the season, we were going to have to make a decision on both of those players in regards to a qualifying offer or not to give them a qualifying offer,” Kings basketball president Geoff Petrie said.
“We felt we were going to qualify Jason, and his play continues to be in the home improvement aisle.”
For the season, Thompson is averaging 8.4 points and 6.6 rebounds, but as a starter, he was averaging 9.5 points and eight rebounds entering Tuesday’s game against the Memphis Grizzlies.