Sacramento Kings: Is It Finally Time To Give Up On Jason Thompson?

By Karim Akbar
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There are a few areas that the Sacramento Kings could look into upgrading this offseason, but most pressing of all has to be the production — or lack thereof — from the power forward position. The Kings currently employ a power forward by committee, but Reggie Evans, Carl Landry (who is now out for the season) and Jason Thompson aren’t enough. Not at all.

Collectively, that trio makes for decent backups, but there’s no way you can sell me on the notion that they are quality starters — not when Thompson seems to be regressing in his Kings tenure.

Thompson was an experiment of the previous management, and I’ll bet you anything that current Kings GM Pete D’Alessandro has probably seen just about enough. Evans was a stopgap move any way you slice it, which would be a good move if the Kings decided to go with a quality starter to play in front of him, but they didn’t. Help should come through the draft if you ask me, and if you take a look at the draft board, there is some star power at power forward.

Kentucky forward Julius Randle would be a welcome overhaul and fresh start from the Thompson experiment. Arizona star Aaron Gordon and Dario Saric, who is from Croatia, could also be logical choices if the Kings do decide to start over at power forward.

Of course, what the Kings really need is a transformative power forward in the mold of Chris Webber. Webber of course is a monumental expectation to live up to in Sacramento, but the Kings must begin to think like that. They must think big even if that’s easier said than done.

Going after a big name would give the front office another splashy addition, but I’m sure management would love to divert most of the finances towards inking Rudy Gay to a long-term deal. Gay could leave as he holds a player option, but he would be more inclined to stay with assurance the team is doing all it can.

Whatever direction the Kings go in, they must go all in and stop with the Band-Aid lateral moves. That should come this offseason, but enough with the stop-gaps — it’s time to settle on a solution.

Karim Akbar is a Sacramento Kings columnist for Rant Sports “Like” his page on Facebook Follow him on Twitter @Kuhreem  Or add him on Google+.


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