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June 25, 2012
Kings extend qualifying offer to Jason Thompson

In news that is no surprise, the Kings have officially extended a qualifying offer to forward Jason Thompson, making him a restricted free agent.

Should Thompson sign an offer sheet with another team, the Kings have the right to match it.

The Kings made it clear they planned to retain Thompson, who spent parts of the last two seasons watching as players were brought in to upgrade the frontcourt.

Besides drafting DeMarcus Cousins, the Kings traded for center Samuel Dalembert, signed power forward Chuck Hayes and traded for J.J. Hickson.

But Thompson emerged as the consistent complement to Cousins last season, averaging 9.1 points and 6.9 rebounds.

Thompson was the Kings' first-round draft pick in 2008, 12th overall.

The Kings did not announce a similar move with forward Donte' Greene. That means barring a change of thinking, Greene will become an unrestricted free agent July 1.

With the Kings likely to draft another small forward and with John Salmons, Francisco Garcia, Tyler Honeycutt and Travis Outlaw already on the roster, the chances of Greene re-signing were slim to start.

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