Rich Levine of CSNNE threw out a couple of trade ideas to net the Celtics a decent rotation big man. One of them was J.J. Hickson and the other was Jason Thompson. I suppose both are worth discussing, but Thompson is a guy that's been on many Celtics fans' radars for quite some time. Here's Rich's take on him.
The first is Jason Thompson. The 26-year-old, former lottery pick is averaging 11.3 points and 7.9 rebounds in 30.4 minutes a night for Sacramento. He also just signed a five-year extension worth slightly more than $30 million. So, why would Sacramento trade him? Well, because he plays the same position as 2012 No. 5 overall pick Thomas Robinson. Not to mention, while it would take far more than one move to get the Kings back trending in the right direction, they could certainly benefit from the acquisition of a young, athletic defense-minded shooting guard like Lee. Especially when the rest of their back court consists of defenseless dudes like Tyreke Evans, Aaron Brooks, Isaiah Thomas and the one and only Jimmer Fredette. How about Thompson for Lee and Fab Melo?
Sound logic if you ask me. I'd do that deal, but is it enough to make the Kings bite? What do you think?
Update: Reaction from Tom Ziller of Sactown Royalty.
Tyreke is as good or better than Lee defensively. Also, the Kings didn't pursue Lee in the offseason, so it doesn't make sense from that angle. He'd be a nice addition, but JT is more valuable as a major rotation solid big.