Update: The Kings and Suns agreed to a sign-and-trade involving Isaiah Thomas on Friday, according to Yahoo Sports:
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
Restricted free agent point guard Isaiah Thomas is visiting the Phoenix Suns on Thursday, as first reported by Yahoo Sports' Adrian Wojnarowski.
Free agent guard Isaiah Thomas is visiting the #Suns in Phoenix today and tomorrow. He's envisioned as a 3rd guard behind Dragic & Bledsoe.— Paul Coro (@paulcoro) July 10, 2014
This ... is more than a little odd. Thomas averaged 20 points and six assists for the Sacramento Kings last season. He had a PER of 20.5 and a true shooting percentage of 57.4 percent. These numbers are about the same or better than Kyrie Irving, who just got a max contract extension.
It's not that Thomas should be in line for the max, but there's just no way he should be seen as a third guard. If he stood taller than 5-foot-9, he absolutely wouldn't be.
Perhaps the Suns want insurance in case restricted free agent Eric Bledsoe gets a maximum offer that they'd rather not match. Perhaps they just see an undervalued asset and will worry about fit later. Either way, it's a shame that the market is dictating that Thomas consider joining a team that sees him as a bench player. It's been a bumpy ride for him since Sacramento selected him No. 60 overall in 2011, but Thomas has proven he's a starter in this league.
Aside: what must point guard Tyler Ennis, Phoenix's first-round pick, be thinking right now?