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.