The Sacramento Kings have sent out a press release announcing that they have officially extended the Qualifying Offer to Power Forward Jason Thompson. The Qualifying Offer officially makes Thompson a Restricted Free Agent, meaning the Kings can match any offer he receives in Free Agency. Per ShamSports, Jason's Qualifying Offer is about $4.4 million.
Jason is coming off of his best year as a King, averaging 9.1 PPG on 53.5% shooting, 6.9 RPG, 1.2 APG, 0.7 STL, and 0.7 BLK in 25.9 MPG. Coming into last season, Jason was facing a bit of uncertainty regarding his standing with the team after the Kings signed veteran Forward/Center Chuck Hayes and traded for J.J. Hickson. Thompson rose to the challenge though, a testament to his character in hard work.
In 2008 when we drafted Thompson, most of us were shocked. Almost nobody had heard of this senior from Rider. Heck, I hadn't even heard of Rider. But Jason has far surpassed those early expectations of him, and I hope to continue to see him in purple and black for years to come.
Donté Greene, the other player eligible for Restricted Free Agency, has not received his Qualifying Offer yet. It isn't expect to be extended either, sad news for fans of Donté's great personality. If this continues to be the case, Donté could still be back in Sacramento next year, but as an unrestricted free agent, he'll have a lot more options.