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Reports: Kings shopping power forwards, Isaiah Thomas could be Lakers bound

Jul 6, 2014, 3:30 PM EDT

Isaiah Thomas AP

Ever since owner Vivek Ranadive took over and brought in GM Pete D’Alessandro, the Kings have been aggressive — a welcome change for Sacramento fans following the final, blundering years of the Maloof ownership.

That hasn’t changed this summer — they are looking to move power forwards and add some defense to the front lines. What they are not looking to do is keep Isaiah Thomas (unless his offers are ridiculously lowball).

Jason Jones of the Sacramento Bee tweeted about the power forward situation.

The Kings have their anchor up front — DeMarcus Cousins is the center and the focal point of the future, but next to him they are still looking for the right fit. The Kings have a number of guys who can play the four with Derrick Williams, Jason Thompson, Carl Landry, Reggie Evans, and even Quincy Acy, yet not one of those guys really brings rim protection, something crucial in the NBA.

The Kings are making changes in the backcourt as well — they clearly don’t want to match what the market seems likely to offer for point guard Isaiah Thomas (they got Darren Collison instead). As PBT reported, Thomas has had conversations with teams saying they will make offers in the $6 million range, but he could get more. It appears the Kings will not match, while Thomas is a fan favorite he’s not been a management’s favorite there.

One team that could offer more is the Lakers and they have interest, reports Jared Zwerling of Bleacher Report.

If the Lakers get Carmelo Anthony and bring back Pau Gasol they become limited in what they could offer Thomas (the Kobe Bryant contract does that). Still, the Lakers are interested and for a charismatic guy in a major media market there are a lot of reasons to like that option. (Anthony, aging Kobe Bryant and Thomas do not exactly make a good defensive team, we should note.)

Thomas is one of a number of players behind the Carmelo Anthony/LeBron James bottleneck in free agency.

Just expect when the bottleneck breaks the Kings will be very active.

  1. bhunter1995 - Jul 6, 2014 at 3:48 PM

    I can’t understand why they would trade Thomas, the guy can play and McCallum can’t bring the kind of offensive talent that Thomas does. When people say Ray can take over for Thomas I want to snap something, Thomas is a top tier PG whether or not ESPN wants to admit it or not. If Thomas were on a hyped team he would be held in the same regards as other young PGs like Kyrie or Curry. Ball don’t lie, Thomas drops excellent numbers, hustles hard and can outplay most PGs in the league.

    Go ahead Kings management, trade Thomas for .50 cents on the dollar and then wonder why the Kings haven’t been relevant for almost a decade, as Thomas continues disproving the haters on another team.

    • eugenesaxe1 - Jul 6, 2014 at 3:59 PM

      I was with you 100% until you used the word “haters”.

      • bhunter1995 - Jul 6, 2014 at 4:02 PM

        So my point was valid but because I used a word that is common in modern vernacular English you downvote? That makes no sense.

      • eugenesaxe1 - Jul 6, 2014 at 4:10 PM

        1-I didn’t vote either way.
        2-It’s no longer as common as you seem to think, and was beaten to death long before now.

      • bparmalee - Jul 6, 2014 at 4:29 PM

        Just another case of reverse haterism

      • eugenesaxe1 - Jul 6, 2014 at 4:57 PM

        Wow, just when the word couldn’t possibly get any stupider…

    • bhunter1995 - Jul 6, 2014 at 5:45 PM

      If you agree with the concept of someones comment, thumbs up, if you don’t agree with the concept then thumbs down. I can’t understand why so many people downvoted because I used the word hater, I wonder what the tally would have been if I had used doubter?

      Probably much better considering that the bulk of my comment is factually sound. Thomas is a 20-6-3 PG and in a larger market he would be getting all kinds of hype, that was the gist of my comment, is there anything wrong with that?

      • 00maltliquor - Jul 6, 2014 at 7:11 PM

        Don’t trip on the down votes. They’re just a buncha HATERS.

      • 22yearsagotoday - Jul 7, 2014 at 1:16 PM

        I just down vote everyone. It’s easier.

    • lonnie49 - Jul 6, 2014 at 6:20 PM

      guess you haven’t noticed that they signed a PG in Collison…bye Thomas

    • 00maltliquor - Jul 6, 2014 at 7:05 PM


      I’m with you 100%. Also, if he had a better pedigree i.e. :a lottery pick and not Mr.Irrelevant #60 he would be up there with those that you mentioned. That and hid hieght or lack thereof is really hurting him but the kid has guts and heart and I don’t care what the talking heads say about his D but he does try and he isn’t awful.

    • edbrowndesign - Jul 6, 2014 at 11:39 PM

      Thomas can score with the best of them, and great numbers, but he doesn’t run any type of offense except his own. Not gonna even mention defense as gives up as much as he scores.

  2. bsplaincs - Jul 6, 2014 at 3:58 PM

    they had an 18 yr old Noah Vonleah who could have been the answer at the 8th pick but……………..they went with a shooter who can’t play D. Good call Kings, good Call….

    • andreboy1 - Jul 6, 2014 at 4:05 PM

      Yeah, cause Vonleah is a sure thing. You can get stretch fours later in the draft or pay someone like Channing Frye very modest money. The Kings desperately need perimeter guards that can shoot and they got the best shooter in the draft.

      But letting go of Thomas in favor of Collison is an absolute joke IMO. Just to save 3 million or so a year? Doesn’t make sense. I LOVE the agressiveness of the new regime but I don’t like most the personnel choices they make.

    • ebecks34 - Jul 7, 2014 at 11:51 AM

      But, but…Vivek said: Nick Rocks! Damn…

  3. beastroid - Jul 6, 2014 at 3:59 PM

    Not thrilled with the prospect of Thomas and Kobe in the backcourt unless the get some defense at the rim

    • buffalowned - Jul 6, 2014 at 4:04 PM

      You shouldn’t be thrilled with anything that’s going on with the Lakers….even if they get Carmelo

      • patfic5 - Jul 6, 2014 at 5:26 PM

        No lie. Lakers not going anywhere anytime soon.

      • imakcds - Jul 6, 2014 at 5:34 PM

        actually, after the worst season in Laker history, Laker Fans ARE thrilled that anything is going on.
        It can’t get any worse.

    • casualcommenter - Jul 6, 2014 at 4:10 PM

      Yeah, while PBT wrote
      “Anthony, aging Kobe Bryant and Thomas do not exactly make a good defensive team, we should note.”

      Adding Pau Gasol to that group of starters makes the defensive issues worse.
      I don’t see how that lineup finishes outside of the bottom 5 on defense playing against Western Conference offenses like the Spurs, Thunder, Clippers, Trailblazers, etc.

      • casualcommenter - Jul 6, 2014 at 4:16 PM

        I think with Nash, Kobe, Carmelo, Randle, and Pau as the starting 5, with Isaiah coming off the bench, the Lakers would be high scoring team, but there’s just not a lot of rim protection in the front court or athleticism on the wing or size in the backcourt to make me optimistic about their defense.

      • bhunter1995 - Jul 6, 2014 at 4:46 PM

        @Casual at this point, at Nash’s age with the frailty of Nash, Thomas would be the starter or at the least he would have the majority of the minutes at the PG spot, even if he were to come off the bench.

      • kd35usedthunder - Jul 6, 2014 at 5:23 PM

        I would think Nash would come off the bench, with Isaiah starting. But the rest I agree with.

      • milimpilim - Jul 6, 2014 at 5:33 PM

        They’re most likely going to use the stretch provision on Nash.

  4. rajbais - Jul 6, 2014 at 5:11 PM

    Stan Van Gundy, I found your best trading partner for Josh smith. Even though the chances of it happening are slim greg Monroe will be happy that you at least tried.

  5. haaaaasoooooo - Jul 6, 2014 at 5:33 PM

    Ummmm. I believe it’s pronounced “hatas”

  6. mutasian - Jul 6, 2014 at 7:24 PM

    who needs defense when you have awesome firepower on the offense?

    • 22yearsagotoday - Jul 7, 2014 at 1:15 PM

      Sarcasm intended, I hope. Otherwise, you know nothing about this great game.

  7. 22yearsagotoday - Jul 7, 2014 at 1:14 PM

    Don’t forget: Lakers are all about championships, except when they suck like last year.

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