Ken Berger of CBSSports.com reports that the Kings and Suns are finalizing a sign-and-trade that will send free agent point guard Isaiah Thomas to Phoenix on a four-year, $27 million deal. The Kings will only receive a $7 million trade exception and the rights to Alex Oriahki.
The Suns and Kings are completing a sign-and-trade for Isaiah Thomas, league source says.— Ken Berger (@KBergCBS) July 11, 2014
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
Suns presented RFA Thomas with a four-year, $27m offer sheet. Kings no interest in matching; Thomas no interest in staying, sources say.— Ken Berger (@KBergCBS) July 11, 2014
The Suns front-loaded the offer sheet with a starting salary of $7.2 million for Thomas and it went down from there, source says.— Ken Berger (@KBergCBS) July 11, 2014
Thomas averaged 20.3 points and 6.3 assists on 45 percent shooting with a 20.5 PER. It's a total steal for the Suns, who get an extremely talented guard for just $6.5 million per year on average, even with it front-loaded. Thomas is 5-9, so there are concerns about his viability as a starting point guard. But the Suns aren't expected to let restricted free agent Eric Bledsoe go and instead will have yet another talented point guard to hit defenses with.
The Kings meanwhile let their starter and second-best player go for $6.5 million per year on average and only got a trade exception which almost never is used for upgrades and the rights to marginal player Oriahki. Whatever Sacramento is doing, it's inexplicable to the rest of the planet.