The Sacramento Kings are making significant roster moves, but I’m not sure even they know what impact the moves will have.
The Kings have been cleaning house, allegedly to stock pile cap space. Sacremento will now see if Rudy Gay can compliment and play well along side DeMarcus Cousins, and Derrick Williams.
Sacramento is not done reshaping the roster, and Marc Stein is reporting that Jason Thompson may be the odd man out.
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.
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.
Thompson is earning $5.6 million this season, $12.4 million over the next two seasons and $6.8 million (albeit with only $2.7 million guaranteed) in 2015-16. Thompson’s contract also contains a 5 percent trade kicker.
Now all the Kings need to do is a find a sucker for a buyer. There won’t be a strong market for a guy who’s owed $19.2 million over the next three seasons guaranteed.