Dec 13, 2013; Phoenix, AZ, USA; Sacramento Kings guard Isaiah Thomas (left) passes the ball against Phoenix Suns guard Eric Bledsoe at US Airways Center. The Suns defeated the Kings 116-107. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

NBA Rumors: Isaiah Thomas Meeting With Phoenix Suns


The Phoenix Suns backcourt is already deep with Goran Dragic, Eric Bledsoe, Ishmael Smith and the newly drafted Tyler Ennis. According to the latest report, it could be getting even deeper soon.

According to Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports, the Phoenix Suns are meeting with restricted free agent Isaiah Thomas Thursday:

Thomas averaged 20.3 points and 6.3 assists per game while shooting 45 percent from the floor last season with the Sacramento Kings. Though he had a breakout season, his defense was a concern for the Kings and by signing Darren Collison to the full mid-level exception for three-years and $16 million. Sacramento is unlikely to match another team’s offer for Thomas, since all signs from the current market indicate some team will be giving him a pretty lucrative offer.

And that’s why this meeting is somewhat perplexing for the Suns, even if their backcourt wasn’t already so stacked. Thomas isn’t good enough to start over Dragic or Bledsoe, but he’s too talented to be the Suns’ sixth man and backup point guard. He’d also likely be way overpaid for such a role, especially since it’s going to take a big offer to pry him away from the Kings.

This news could just be due diligence of the Suns meeting with the best available free agents as the entire league continues to wait on the free agency decisions of LeBron James and Carmelo Anthony. It could also just be insurance in case the Suns aren’t prepared to match a max offer to their restricted free agent. But it could also be the first step in a potential Eric Bledsoe trade. The Suns front office has been vocal about wanting to re-sign Bledsoe and wanted to try and work on a contract extension before free agency started.

But no deal has been worked out yet and Bledsoe is sure to start receiving max offers (or at least something close to a max) once the LeBron and Melo dominoes fall. The Milwaukee Bucks have already been mentioned as one team interested in giving Bledsoe a max offer sheet and they certainly won’t be the only ones.

The Dragic and Bledsoe backcourt was awesome to watch last season when Bledsoe was actually healthy, but the Suns might be worried about his second meniscus tear in the last three years (in the same knee, no less). However, the potential is there, as Bledsoe had a breakout season and averaged 17.7 points, 5.5 assists and 4.7 rebounds per game. The Suns were 28-15 in Bledsoe’s 43 games.

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  • Ernie

    why would anyone offer an injured player a max offer hes been hurt as much as hes been on the floor just too many what ifs to pay someone that kind of money

    • http://hoopshabit.com Gerald Bourguet

      The potential is there though. If he can stay healthy, Bledsoe has star written all over him. Don’t forget, Dwyane Wade had a similar knee procedure and had a tremendous career until his knees started to give out just recently

  • Joe

    Suns should sign Bledsoe to max contract. Then sign Isiah thomas to 7-8 million deal. Then give the T-wolves a call and trade Bledsoe and another role player or future draft pick for Kevin Love. The Suns would still have a dynamic backcourt AND get the superstar they need.