Isaiah Thomas reportedly will go to Phoenix in sign-and-trade deal
Isaiah Thomas, former Washington Huskies guard, reportedly will be moving from the Sacramento Kings to the Phoenix Suns in a sign-and-trade deal. Sources say Thomas is getting a four-year, $27 million contract.
The Associated Press and The New York Times
PHOENIX – The Phoenix Suns have agreed to a sign-and-trade deal with the Sacramento Kings for point guard Isaiah Thomas, two people with knowledge of the situation said Friday.
The sources, who sought anonymity because the deal has not been officially announced, say former Washington Husky Thomas is signing a four-year, $27 million contract. In exchange, the Kings get the draft rights to center Alex Oriakhi — who was a second-round draft pick of the Suns last year — plus a $7 million trade exception.
“I’m excited for what the future holds here in Phoenix,” Thomas said via Twitter.
One source who confirmed the deal said the Suns view Thomas as a “perfect third guard” to play with Phoenix’s double point-guard starting lineup of Goran Dragic and Eric Bledsoe.
He is not envisioned as a replacement for either of them.
Thomas was a restricted free agent who was in Phoenix meeting with the Suns on Thursday and Friday.
The Kings were not expected to match any offer sheet for Thomas, 25, after agreeing to a three-year, $16 million deal with free-agent guard Darren Collison last week.
With Friday’s reported agreement, the Kings at least get something in return for Thomas.
Thomas, a fan favorite, averaged career highs of 20.3 points and 6.3 assists for Sacramento last season.
In a tweet, Thomas thanked Sacramento, saying the city “will always have a place in my heart.”
“To the fans of Sacramento, words can’t explain what y’all mean to me!,” he wrote. “Y’all made me who I am in the NBA and I can’t thank you guys enough.”
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