Jason Thompson is joining the Shandong Bulls in the Chinese Basketball Association (CBA) for a real reportedly worth $1.5 million for just one season. Thompson was a first round pick in the 2008 NBA Draft and was expected to at least be a role player in the league.
Thompson is now seen as a bust after struggling the last few seasons in the NBA. He played for the Sacramento Kings, the team that drafted him the 12th overall pick, from 2008 to 2015. He also had short stints with the Toronto Raptors and Golden State Warriors last season.
David Pick confirmed the deal with the Chinese ball club on Twitter:
Bulls sign Jason Thompson to deal in $1.5 million range, via source. Not Chicago Bulls – China's Shandong Bulls.
— David Pick (@IAmDPick) September 24, 2016
Thompson showed some promise in the early part of his NBA career. He averaged career-highs of 12.5 points, 8.5 rebounds and 1.0 blocks per game for the Kings in his second year in the league. However, he lost minutes in his final two years in Sacramento and was unimpressive last season with the Raptors and Warriors.
Jason Thompson moving to China means that no NBA team was interested in signing him this 2016 offseason. At 30 years old, it’s unlikely that he can return again to the US pro league after his stint in China.
Jason Thompson was picked ahead the likes of Robin Lopez, Marreese Speights, Ryan Anderson, Serge Ibaka, Nicolas Batum and George Hill in the 2008 NBA Draft.
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