SACRAMENTO - After Jason Thompson re-signed with the Kings two weeks ago this afternoon Sacramento officially welcomed the power forward back to the team.
According to reports, Thomspon who was a restricted free-agent signed a five year deal worth more than $30 million dollars, and during today's press conference he said he was relieved to get the deal done.
"For that monkey to be off your back it definitely feels good," Thompson told News10.
The Kings power forward is a key to solidify the team's need for rebounding and defense. Last season, Thompson averaged 9.1 points and 6.9 rebounds per game. He hopes to improve those number this season.
"With a coach (Keith Smart) that understands what I can bring to the table. I think I can be consistent," said Thompson. "I can do the little things and try to have the mindset of trying to average a double double at least 10 points and 10 rebounds and just be solid."
After four years in Sacramento, team cohesion also played a role in re-signing Thompson to a longterm deal.
"It is going to be a big year for our younger core where the team learns how to play together and trust each and grow from experiences they have had at this point, " said Kings President of Basketball Operations Geoff Petrie.
"I think the better teams have the best type of chemistry," added Thompson.