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Kings trade rumors: Jason Thompson the next to be unloaded

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ESPN's Marc Stein reports that the Kings are trying to ship out Jason Thompson.

Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports

If you thought the Kings trading out Patrick Patterson meant that Jason Thompson would be safe as the team's starting power forward for the foreseeable future, think again. ESPN's Marc Stein reports that the Kings will still look to unload J.T. as the massive rebuild continues.

League sources told 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 [...].

That would seem to confirm that the Kings intend to play Rudy Gay and Derrick Williams together in the forward slots next to DeMarcus Cousins. As I wrote on Sunday, that still leaves quite a few minutes at power forward for Thompson and no other true power forward on the roster.