Kings, Suns agree to sign-and-trade on 4-year, $27M deal for Thomas

By Matt Moore | NBA writer

Isaiah Thomas is headed to Phoenix. (USATSI)
Isaiah Thomas is headed to Phoenix. (USATSI)

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Ken Berger of 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.

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.

Phoenix brought back P.J. Tucker Thursday after Channing Frye left on a four-year, $32 million deal with Orlando.

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