The Sacramento Kings felt strongly enough about Isaiah Thomas at one point to make him an NBA player after he was selected as the final pick of the 2010 draft. After that it was up to Thomas to show the world that he deserved to stay in the league.
Do that he did as the 5’9 point guard put up numbers comparable to that of former No. 1 overall pick Kyrie Irving. Understandably he became an instant fan favorite but the Sacramento Kings, for whatever reason, continued to look for additional point guard help.
They traded for Greivis Vasquez and attempted to play both Jimmer Fredette and Tyreke Evans at the one. Then, this past offseason they decided to sign Darren Collison, a move which all but ended Isaiah Thomas’ tenure in the California capital.
Thomas eventually was signed-and-traded to the Phoenix Suns and continually stated how he felt wanted by his new team, a love he didn’t feel from the Kings front office.
“I felt very disrespected,” Isaiah Thomas said. “Every year it was somebody new. I felt I did a good enough job to show them I was a starting point guard or a guy who could play a big role with their team. But they thought differently.”
It’s hard to disagree with Isaiah Thomas’ comments considering he outplayed every player the Kings put infront of him. But on the flip side, it’s understandable as to why Sacramento was hesitant to commit nearly $30 million dollars to a player with height issues, no matter how much heart or skill he has.