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Rumor: ESPN's Marc Stein reports that the Sacramento Kings will try to find a new home for Jason Thompson, while the Toronto Raptors are said to be happy to surrender Kyle Lowry next.
One of the forgotten men in the Rudy Gay trade was Carl Landry. The Kings signed Landry to a four-year deal worth $26 million this offseason, but Landry tore his hip flexor before the season and has yet to debut.
Why mention Landry? Because at least long-term, it appears he'll factor into Sacramento's plans at the power forward position.
With recently acquired forward Derrick Williams joining Rudy Gay and Quincy Acy, the Kings will have plenty of options to play the 4. You could argue that Gay and Williams make more sense as small-ball power forwards, and that may be the direction that head coach Mike Malone leans.
Thompson could still have value as a strong rebounding backup center, but his four-year deal with roughly $25 million remaining might be a little too steep for that reduced role.
Thompson should be able to fetch something of value on the trade market, as capable rebounding big men with solid mid-range jumpers will always be in vogue. It makes sense that Sacramento would try to address long-term needs elsewhere while also gaining cap flexibility.
As for Lowry, Toronto would be wise to get a good long look at Greivis Vasquez before he hits restricted free agency. While the Gay trade was pretty much a pure salary dump from Toronto's perspective, making qualifying offers to Vasquez or Patrick Patterson could still be in the cards.
The chances Lowry is the starting point guard next year for a rebuilding Raptors team are slim and none. Shopping him to a contender in need of backcourt help (Miami? Chicago?) and nabbing a draft pick in the process would help the outlook of this year's pick and help add to cupboard for the future.