Feb 18, 2014, 7:16 PM EST
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.
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.
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