The Sacramento Kings don’t seem like they want to get better. The team is reportedly getting rid of star guard Isaiah Thomas in a sign-and-trade deal, which is a huge mistake by the Kings.
Suns and Kings are finalizing a sign-and-trade deal on a four-year, $27M contract for Isaiah Thomas, league sources tell Yahoo Sports.
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojYahooNBA) July 11, 2014
In no way is Thomas the tallest player in the league. He stands at 5-foot-9. His size aside, he is a very productive player. Thomas went off for 20.3 points per game and 6.3 assists per game this past season. You would think that would have been good enough for Sacramento to hold onto him. It wasn’t.
The Kings still have DeMarcus Cousins, who is coming off of a productive year, but Cousins is not going to lead this team to a title on his own.
This is a great deal for Thomas, though. The Phoenix Suns were a surprise team last year and they have a bunch of young talent. That young talent could lead Phoenix to the playoffs in the 2014-15 NBA season. Thomas is good enough to start for a number of different teams, but apparently he will be coming off of the bench for the Suns, which is not a bad situation to be in.
Thomas will still get his minutes and he will provide one heck of a spark off of the bench. If he is anywhere near as good as he was this past season, and if he receives a good amount of playing time, Thomas could end up being the sixth man of the year.
As for the Kings, they are getting rid of a young guard in his prime. Good stuff.