NBA trade rumors: Kings may shop Jason Thompson after Rudy Gay deal

Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports

The Sacramento Kings have made two midseason trades to acquire two forwards, and that could mean power forward Jason Thompson will be the odd man out.

After trading for Derrick Williams and Rudy Gay to keep themselves busy this season, it wouldn't appear that the Sacramento Kings are done dealing. ESPN's Marc Stein reports that moving forward Jason Thompson could be the team's next course of action.

It's the acquisitions of Williams and Gay that cause that presumption to make sense. Both join the Kings after inefficient tenures at their last stops, and both will need plenty of minutes to be most effective. Though they are considered small forwards by trade, either Williams or Gay could fill in at power forward.

And it seems that Thompson, who has started at power forward alongside center DeMarcus Cousins, would not be against a fresh start elsewhere, according to Stein.

If Thompson were moved, Williams could slide into the power forward spot and start with Gay. The third-year pro hasn't shown he can rebound consistently or play on the perimeter, but Gay could make up for Williams' shortcomings to make for an interesting forward duo. Whatever the case may be, Thompson's role is currently changed, and not in a positive way for him personally.

Thompson is averaging 7.1 points and 5.6 rebounds per game this season, and now the question is what the Kings could get in return and that's if anyone wants him. The 27-year-old and No. 12 pick in the 2008 draft signed an extension that is paying him $5.6 million this season and upward of $6 million through 2016-17, though the final year is only partially guaranteed.

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