Dec. 17, 2012; Phoenix, AZ, USA; Sacramento Kings guard Isaiah Thomas (22) dribbles the ball up the court in the first half against the Phoenix Suns at US Airways Center. Mandatory Credit: Jennifer Stewart-USA TODAY Sports

Phoenix Suns Sign-And-Trade For Isaiah Thomas


That crowded backcourt the Phoenix Suns had? Yeah, it just got a little bit more crowded.

According to Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports, the Phoenix Suns have agreed to a sign-and-trade bringing Isaiah Thomas to the Valley of the Sun on a four-year, $27 million  contract:

According to Ken Berger of CBS Sports, the Sacramento Kings will receive a $7 million trade exception and the draft rights to Alex Oriakhi. Last season with the Kings, Thomas averaged 20.3 points and 6.3 assists per game while shooting 45 percent from the field, but Thomas and Sacramento had run their course together. Nabbing Thomas for just under $7 million per year is a steal considering his market value.

As of right now, the Suns intend to use Thomas as a sixth man off the bench behind Goran Dragic and Eric Bledsoe, the dazzling starting backcourt that took the league by storm last season in the games they were healthy together. But you have to wonder about Bledsoe’s (and perhaps even Dragic’s) future in Phoenix since Thomas seems a tad overqualified for the role of sixth man.

Bledsoe was limited to 43 games last season due to a meniscus injury, the second one in his right knee in the last three years. With growing concerns about his health mirroring his vast potential as a future breakout star, the Suns very well could use Bledsoe in a trade package for Kevin Love. Sending Bledsoe away for anything less might anger quite a few fans after he averaged 17.7 points, 5.5 assists and 4.7 rebounds per game this season.

Dragic was the team catalyst, especially with Bledsoe out for extended time, averaging 20.3 points and 5.9 assists per game and shooting 50.5 percent from the floor and 40.8 percent from three-point range. Considering he won the NBA’s Most Improved Player of the Year Award and was a Third Team All-NBA player this season, trading him would recall the nasty taste still left in some fans’ mouths after the Suns traded Dragic to the Houston Rockets for Aaron Brooks back in 2011.

If the Suns truly do intend to keep Dragic, Bledsoe AND Thomas, Phoenix will boast the league’s deepest and most dynamic backcourt. General manager Ryan McDonough has truly worked his magic once again the get Thomas at such a bargain price, and for so little in return to Sacramento, but you have to wonder if there’s another move coming now. Keep in mind, the last time management said they intended to pair Dragic and Bledsoe together, we were cautious to believe them…and that worked out pretty well.

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  • WLX(AL)

    With this Phoenix has enough players in the back court. Team only has 3 legitimate bigs (Len, Plumlee, Kieff). I wonder if they are going after Pau Gasol right now. Pau just turned down LA’s 2 year offer. I think 33 mill/3yrs would be a good deal to wrap up Phoenix’s Free agency acquisitions. This team is going to be running for 48 minutes straight non-stop. SS0L 2.0…

  • Todd Dobbins

    As a kings fan this is disgraceful. Our GM is an absolute joke. This guy has no basketball sense and is running our organization into the grave.

  • SN13PS

    Couldn’t be happier with this acquisition as a Suns fan. Great value for an up-and-coming young player. Not sure exactly what the Kings were doing. He’ll be great spelling the duo of Bledsoe/Dragic off the bench starting next season.

    Remember those few times where neither Bledsoe or Dragic were on the floor and the PG running the show was Ish Smith? Can’t deny his effort, but Thomas is a HUMONGOUS upgrade in that respect. Can’t wait for the season to start… McDonough does it again!