Kings coach Reggie Theus wasn't willing to tip his hand at shoot-a-round this morning, but a source close to the team said rookie Jason Thompson is about to log the first start of his NBA career.
The most likely lineup will have Beno Udrih at the point, John Salmons at shooting guard, Thompson at small forward, Mikki Moore at power forward and Brad Miller at center.
BLOG UPDATE: I've been told that will be the lineup.An ankle injury to Kevin Martin (out six to nine more days) isn't quite the way Thompson planned on earning his first start, but the big man's early play has obviously played a part leading up to Theus' decision. He averaged 11 points (56.7 percent) and 6.1 rebounds while playing well enough that the prospect of taking Mikki Moore's position early would not have been a stretch.
Matchup-wise, this could be interesting. While Thompson could bang away at Detroit's Tayshaun Prince down low, I'm curious to see how well his size-20 hooves can keep up with one of the league's most active players. Or maybe they don't face off at all once Detroit coach Michael Curry sees the Kings mix.
In another development (courtesy of Melody Gutierrez from shoot-a-round), Quincy Douby (sore right ankle) is going to play tonight.
HEDO-KINGS REUNION? PERHAPS
Brian Schmitz of the Orlando Sentinel coerced Magic GM Otis Smith into saying what I'd reported last summer, that the Kings would love to have Hedo Turkoglu back in Sacramento. The small forward was traded from the Kings to San Antonio in 2003 as part of the deal that brought Brad Miller from Indiana to Sacramento. The nine-year veteran is coming off his best season, having won the NBA's Most Improved Player award last year. - Sam Amick