Mar 15, 2014; Chicago, IL, USA; Sacramento Kings guard Isaiah Thomas (22) reacts after scoring against the Chicago Bulls at the United Center. The Bulls won 94-87. Mandatory Credit: Matt Marton-USA TODAY Sports

NBA Rumors: Sacramento Kings to deal Isaiah Thomas in sign-and-trade?

Sacramento Kings’ point guard Isaiah Thomas has had a fantastic career thus far, exceeding any expectation anyone had for him.

Now, Thomas is set to cash in as a restricted free agent.

Jabari Davis of  Basketball Insiders believes the Kings could pull of a sign-and-trade and deal Thomas away and sign a veteran point guard like Mo Williams or Jarret Jack.

I think they should definitely consider a sign-and-trade with Thomas. He deserves to get paid this summer, but if I’m the Kings, it absolutely cannot be in Sacramento. Their available space should be used to re-sign Gay, and continue adding depth and experience to that roster. I love the idea of Jack and think he could actually be available given how things went (and continue to go) in Cleveland. I think Mo sticks in Portland. He has another year on the deal, and he played well for the Blazers in support of Lillard.

With two players who often need the ball and could put up 20-plus shots per game in center DeMarcus Cousins and forward Rudy Gay (who could opt out of his contract and become an unrestricted free agent), there is some validity to the argument a play-making point guard may be a better fit for the Kings’ offense, but if they are going to trade a player as productive as Thomas’, they better get their money’s worth.

Thomas averaged 20.3 points, 6.3 assists, 2.9 rebounds and 1.3 steals per game last season while shooting 45.3% from the field, 34.9% from beyond the arc and 85.0% from the free throw line.

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  • Ed

    There is no way they should trade IT for either Mo Williams or Jarret Jack. Yeah, he’s a defensive liability and he could be a better distributor, but if he could be paired with a Marcus Smart or even Elfrid Payton and play off the ball, he could really give the Kings a boost off the bench. They really need to try and trade a package of small forwards like D Williams, Reggie Evans, Quincy Acy, Travis Outlaw, or Carl Landry! The problem is….no one wants them! Also, Jason Thompson needs to go too! The Kings need a real rim protector who can defend the weak side.

  • KINGS4.0

    No way they do IT for Mo Williams or Jack!! IT is trad able though. The Kings need to go after a guy like Kyle Lowry. Him and Rudy are familiar with each other and think they would both play well along side Big Cuz. They desperately need to improve on the defensive end. So they should go after a rim protector…a player with a big physical presence like Omar Osik, Varejao or even Tyson Chandler and then move Cousins to the 4. The kings need to start getting rid of some of this trash on there bench and package something together. As far as the draft coming up…if we can trade the pick fine…if not please dont get Marcus Smart!!! Thats Tyreke Evans all over again and we dont need that. Hang in there Kings fans we are almost there!!! #ForeverPurple

  • John hooks

    It is the kings leader and is better than any other point gard in the league.kings need to keep IT!