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Should the Raptors look to sign Jason Thompson?

Should the Raptors look to sign Jason Thompson?

Posted by PanamericanWorld on February 23, 2016

The Golden State Warriors have cut veteran power forward Jason Thompson to make room for the recently signed Anderson Varejao, Yahoo's Marc Spears reported on Feb. 22.

Thompson is a 29-year-old, 6-11 forward who played for the Sacramento Kings for seven years before joining the Warriors last summer. Statistically, the 2015/16 season has been his worst, averaging just 2.1 points and 1.9 rebounds in 6.4 minutes per game. But, at his best, Thompson put up 12.5 points and 8.5 rebounds per game as a starter for the Kings during the 2009/10 season.

While Thompson was the logical release candidate upon Varejao's signing, he now represents a possible opportunity for teams looking to bolster their bench. Among possible suitors, the Toronto Raptors could take a chance on Thompson, considering the team's notable concerns at the power forward position.

 

"That power forward position has always been a position that we need to get better," GM Masai Ujiri said before trade deadline. "We understand that so we'll try and figure that out whether that's now or in the summer."

The team chose to stand pat during deadline day, so the need still remains. Thompson is a strong rebounder who can space the floor on occasion, though not from three-point range. He has traditionally shot the ball decently, shooting 49.7 per cent from the field throughout his career.

Thompson certainly isn't a star on either end of the floor, but he would be a decent presence for a team looking for options. He has been considered a good locker room character and a motivator for his teammates. During his short season with the Warriors, Thompson was not one to complain about his lack of playing time, San Francisco Chronicle's Rusty Simmons reported.

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