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
The Phoenix Suns have signed Isaiah Thomas to a peach of a deal, giving him just $27 million over four years, according to Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports.
Better still for the Suns is that they are not giving up anything of major value; the Kings are receiving only a $7 million trade exception and the draft rights to Alexi Oriakhi, according to Ken Berger of CBS Sports.
The Kings will get an approximately $7 million trade exception and the draft rights to Alex Oriakhi, league source says.
— Ken Berger (@KBergCBS) July 11, 2014
If you can sign a player as good as Thomas for $6.5 million, you gotta do it.
Was that Phoenix’s thinking?
Because it would seem that point guard is not a position of need.
The obvious next thought is that the Suns might be moving one of Goran Dragic or Eric Bledsoe, the other two point/combo guards on their roster. And then you might remember that the Pacers were recently poking around Phoenix’s front office to find out if the team was interested in parting with Dragic.
There is certainly nothing concrete to this. And there are likely two dozen other teams that wouldn’t mind trading for Dragic, so there is no link to the Pacers other than that one report last week — which feels like a year ago now.
Still, the Pacers are naturally interested in finding a playmaker in the back court — something that will be in even greater need if Lance Stephenson leaves — and the Suns now have a surplus of them.
I presume Larry Bird is making another phone call to the desert.