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Report: Trying to sell high, Kings make Isaiah Thomas available in trades

Feb 18, 2014, 7:16 PM EDT

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Kings fans love Isaiah Thomas and with good reason. We can all relate to the undersized guy picked dead last (60th) in the draft who has sliced his way to an impressive NBA season — 20.2 points and 6.3 assists a night, with a true shooting percentage of 56.8. He’s great at taking angles off the pick-and-roll, finishes very well inside despite being 5’9”, and he is shooting 36.7 percent from three.

So the Kings are trying to sell high.

One of the more aggressive deadline teams this year, the Kings are making Thomas available in trades, reports Marc Stein of ESPN — but don’t

Thomas is a restricted free agent this summer and the rebuilding Kings wisely fear out in the marketplace Thomas will get more than they feel is worth. So, they are trying to get something now.

That included making a run at Rajon Rondo (something that didn’t go through).

Thomas is never going to be a plus defender because of his size; he’s a liability there. However, he is a guy who when put in a system that plays to his strengths (pick-and-roll) can put up good numbers. Credit coach Mike Malone for doing just that.

On a better team Thomas makes a great sixth man (sort of like how Houston uses Jeremy Lin). But with a few teams out there starved for point guards the Kings are clearly looking to see if someone really values Thomas and will give up something of quality to get him.

  1. dperk123 - Feb 18, 2014 at 7:36 PM

    This has LAKERS all over it?????

    • av416 - Feb 18, 2014 at 8:30 PM

      I can assure you the Lakers are not going to be making this move. In no way shape or form will that happen. I hope your a Clipper fan for saying that.

    • 00maltliquor - Feb 19, 2014 at 1:50 AM

      How so??

      • dperk123 - Feb 19, 2014 at 1:26 PM

        Lakers need a real point Gaurd not some used washed. Up player like steve nash lakers need a pg that is fast and cant put up points and face it they need to rebuild now why not start with Thomas plus there is nother PG out there that would fit with the LAKERS

      • 00maltliquor - Feb 19, 2014 at 2:11 PM

        I’m happy with Kendall Marshall. Thanks though.

  2. supremekingz - Feb 18, 2014 at 7:56 PM

    Da Bullz!!!

  3. bhunter1995 - Feb 18, 2014 at 8:48 PM

    This guy isn’t done developing, the Kings will regret trading him if they find a partner when he is averaging 22 and 8 a couple years from now. If they are looking to unload him I hope the Lakers make a play for him but I don’t really see any pieces of comperable value on LA. IMO the Kings need to learn how to develop and hold on to talented players, first they take Tyreke out of his natural position and then they trade him for fifty cents on the dollar. If they want any chance of attracting free agents and keeping players on contract ending years (Rudy Gay especially) they need to hold on to thier talented players.

  4. brianscalabrine - Feb 18, 2014 at 9:07 PM

    Almost always a bad move to give big money to a guard that can’t play D.

    • ranfan12 - Feb 18, 2014 at 10:58 PM

      no one can play d compared to scalabrine’s lock down defense.

  5. gerrybertier - Feb 18, 2014 at 9:45 PM

    time for the knicks to finally bring back isaiah

  6. savvybynature - Feb 18, 2014 at 11:25 PM

    I feel like the Knicks will make a move for him after they get rebuffed by Atlanta, Toronto, Houston and everyone else. Not that I think it’s a good move for them, because of course it’s not a good move for them.

    • TheMorningStar - Feb 19, 2014 at 10:02 AM

      What do the knicks have to offer??? C’mon, get with reality.

      • 00maltliquor - Feb 19, 2014 at 2:39 PM

        A 6”7, 260 lb. defensive cyborg once known to the world as Ron Artest.

  7. 00maltliquor - Feb 19, 2014 at 1:50 AM

    F man, with this kind of stupid mentality how are ANY teams ever planning on really coming up in the world?? You can’t keep re-building. You can only keep picking up young players and picks for so long. Eventually you are going to have to keep the good players you have right now and grow with them and let the chemistry brew for a few years to even see something good happen. No wonder only a handful of teams won the Championship the last 20-30 effing years!

  8. ryanrockzzz - Feb 19, 2014 at 8:46 AM

    The Kings are always like the blind leading the blind out there in SAC-Town. I thought with new ownership, a new coach etc, this team would finally start making moves that make sense. Selling high on Isiah makes some sense, but he’s not what’s wrong with this team. He can score and operate well within Malone’s system, and for a team lacking offense some nights, he’s been great. The front office should have taken two steps back here. Why would you trade for Rudy Gay? He’s a volume shooter who can’t do much else for you, and you yet now you’re stuck with him. DeMarcus has a great offensive game, but still hasn’t figured out how to cover the pick and roll, and struggles with a ton of other defensive concepts.
    So maybe their thought process is trading Isaiah for a more complete point guard (which Rondo isn’t) will help the team defensively and salary cap wise. The problem is you’re stuck with two players who aren’t championship caliber, along with an underwhelming rookie guard.
    Eventually, they gotta just blow it up out there. You can get a lot for Cousins. And they should be trading him.

  9. bparmalee - Feb 19, 2014 at 10:33 AM

    My Pacers need a real PG. In the playoffs they had to have George feeding the post because Hill is terrible at it. They never should have traded for a combo guard…not to mention overpaying him. The Pacers are a PG away from really having a title team. If you can’t get the ball to you players in a position to be successful you can’t win a title. So trade for Thomas…. trade for Rondo…. trade for someone that can actually handle the ball in the playoffs…. Hill has proven he is suspect.

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