2014 Free Agency, NBA / Jul 12, 2014 / 11:45 am

Report: Isaiah Thomas Heading To Phoenix In Sign-And-Trade With Sacramento

Miles Plumlee, Isaiah Thomas, Goran Dragic

Miles Plumlee, Isaiah Thomas, Goran Dragic (Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports)

After signing a four-year, $27 million offer sheet with the Phoenix Suns, the Kings and Suns have agreed to a sign-and-trade for restricted free agent point guard, Isaiah Thomas. The Kings are expected to acquire 2013 second-round pick Alex Oriakhi, and will also wind up with a $7.2MM trade exception, reports Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports and Paul Coro of the Arizona Republic.

Here are the specifics:

Zeke, the last selection in the 2011 NBA Draft, continued to beat out whichever point guard the Kings trotted out during his first three seasons in the league, cementing his place as one of the more underrated guards in the Association.

Standing at just 5-9, the whip-fast 25-year-old point out of the University of Washington averaged a career high 20.3 points, and 6.2 assists in 34.2 minutes per game during the 2013-14 season. He also sported an impressive 20.5 player efficiency rating with shooting splits of .453/.349/.850.

Thomas told Basketball Insiders, Alex Kennedy, about the sign-and-trade, “I feel wanted, that’s all I wanted.”

Phoenix now has Goran Dragic, rookie Tyler Ennis, restricted free agent Eric Bledsoe and Thomas in the backcourt.

Bledsoe, who the Suns extended a qualifying offer to before the July moratorium, is likely to be looked at by the Milwaukee Bucks, reports Charles F. Gardner of the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel.

Bledsoe is represented by LeBron James‘ agent, Rich Paul, and while Paul continues to negotiate a contract with Phoenix, most of the teams looking to acquire the athletic point were waiting for James and Carmelo Anthony to decide on their destinations before making an offer, tweets Marc J. Spears of Yahoo Sports:

We can’t help but wonder if Isaiah Thomas, one of our favorite Reebok athletes, will ever get a chance to control a team without having to prove his mettle as an undersized point guard.

Depending on what happens with Bledsoe, Thomas should work well in a two-headed backcourt similar to the Bledsoe and “Dragon” Dragic tandem coach Jeff Hornacek favored during the Suns’ surprising run to 48 games in the loaded Western Conference last year. Hopefully, he’s not stuck buried in what looks now like an overloaded Suns guard spot, but we doubt Phoenix matches any grandaddy offer Bledsoe is expected to receive as free agency continues in the wake of LeBron’s big decision yesterday.

Does Zeke work for Phoenix?

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  • 2cents

    Love the fact Thomas got a nice sized contract, but really don’t see why on earth it was the Suns that offered it to him. They needed help EVERYWHERE else, but PG. Is David Kahn hired as a consultant by the Suns?

  • cesar

    please, dont call him Zeke

  • UncheckedAggression

    I like the move for them because they exploited the stupidity of the Kings FO. They have plenty of time to make a deal with one of their guards, who I’m sure a number of teams are interested in.

  • 2cents

    I have to agree with you there. It seems like the Kings suffer from the worst front office ideas ever. Especially after seeing them draft another SG instead of PF in the 2014 draft.

    I guess this means there are legs to the idea the Pistons will offload Smith + Jennings onto the Kings.