Today is the first official day that teams can actually sign free agent and the Sacramento Kings wasted no time announcing the signing of their number one priority in free agency, fifth year power forward Jason Thompson. While terms of the agreement are unknown at this time, published reports have the deal at five years with an approximate salary of $6 million a season. The official press release is below.
KINGS AND JASON THOMPSON COME TO TERMS ON A NEW CONTRACT
SACRAMENTO, CA —- The Sacramento Kings and Jason Thompson today have agreed in principle to a new contract, according to Kings’ President of Basketball Operations Geoff Petrie. Per team policy, terms of the contract were not disclosed.
“We are all very excited about Jason’s return,” said Petrie. “He is a very important young veteran for our team and style of play going forward. Jason brings experience, energy and an improving all-around game to the floor every night.”
Thompson, who was drafted in the first round (12th overall) of the 2008 NBA Draft by the Kings, is averaging 10.5 points (.498 FG%, .663 FT%), 7.2 rebounds, and 1.3 assists per game in 296 career outings in four seasons (2008-09 – 2011-12) with Sacramento. Last season, Thompson averaged 9.1 points (a career-best .535 FG%, .602 FT%), 6.9 rebounds, 1.2 assists, and 25.9 minutes per game in 64 contests, starting 47 of those games. He led the Kings in field goal percentage and was second on the team in rebounding in 2011-12. Thompson became the first Kings rookie in 46 years to record a double-double in his first NBA game on October 29, 2008, at Minnesota. He joined Michael Smith as the only Sacramento-era rookies to play in all of the Kings’ games in a season.