The Sacramento Kings were reportedly in discussions with the Boston Celtics leading up to the 2014 NBA Trade Deadline about potentially acquiring Rajon Rondo in a trade. The reported deal that has since fallen through would have sent the Celtics draft picks, rookie Ben McLemore and the explosive Isaiah Thomas in exchange for the services of Rondo.
The most surprising development from that trade and since is the fact that the Kings seem to have made Thomas available in the days leading up to the deadline. According to a report from ESPN’s Marc Stein, there is significant buzz that the short-statured point guard is indeed available and the Kings are fielding offers if any come their way.
Thomas is in the midst of a monster season. After coming into the year boasting that he was going to put his name in the mix as one of the elite point guards in the NBA, he’s given his best effort to back up his words. In 53 games this season, Thomas has averaged 20.2 points, 6.3 assists, 2.7 rebounds and 1.3 steals in 34.2 minutes per game while shooting 44.4 percent from the floor and 36.7 percent from three. Along with his impressive numbers, he has a bevy of impressive fourth-quarter outings to his name this season as well.
After this season, Thomas will enter restricted free agency where he’s sure to see offers that dwarf the less-than-$1 million he’s receiving this season on his rookie deal as a late second-round selection. As the Kings are looking to rebuild after another disappointing season—to this point at least—it seems as if they could be looking to get some value for Thomas as opposed to matching offers in restricted free agency and taking what’s more than likely going to be a pretty sizeable cap-hit.
Given Thomas’ ability as a scorer and underrated abilities as a facilitator, his availability is almost undoubtedly going to draw some interest from around the league. However, there’s no word on what the Kings are asking for in a deal for Thomas, so we’ll have to wait to see if any teams come bearing offers that match what Sacramento think Thomas’ value adds up to.