Since the draft lottery, the Sacramento Kings have been fielding offers for the number eight overall pick of the 2014 NBA Draft. According to multiple sources, it seems the Kings were interested in receiving a point guard as compensation for the pick with Rajon Rondo, Brandon Knight, and Dennis Schroeder appearing on their radar, but it seems the organization has turned their eyes to a bigger prize: Eric Bledsoe.
One source even mentioned Sacramento offering a feeler trade to Phoenix last weekend of No. 8 and Isaiah Thomas for Eric Bledsoe.
— Jake Fischer (@JakeLFischer) June 18, 2014
No one knows why the Sacramento Kings aren’t sold on Isaiah Thomas, especially after a year where the third year point guard averaged a career-high 21.2 points and 6.8 assists in 54 games as a starter. Defensively there are a few issues, but outside of that, Thomas is one of the better young point guards in the NBA today.
But if you can get Eric Bledsoe for Thomas and the 8th pick, it’s a move you make. The Kings haven’t hid the fact that they’re looking to win games as soon as possible. We saw that mentality shown when the team trading a crop of players for Rudy Gay last season. Bledsoe is a better player right now than Thomas while possessing a higher ceiling in terms of basketball talent. He’s defensively sound, an excellent rebounder for his size, and showed he can score with the best of him after becoming a full-time starter for the Phoenix Suns.
Of course Fischer mentioned this was just a feeler trade, but if there’s anything to pull from this, the Kings are dead set on finding themselves a point guard and they’ll do so even if it means trading several assets in the process.