A lot was made of the Sacramento Kings not turning away trade calls for Isaiah Thomas last week, but frankly, there shouldn’t be.
Outside of a LeBron James or Kevin Durant, there isn’t an untradeable player in the league. That’s not a slight to Thomas, but he (outside of DeMarcus Cousins) is the Kings most valuable trade chip and would bring back one of the largest returns if some team was willing to pay such a price.
There’s no harm in listening, but there’s a difference between picking up the phone and hearing out a trade offer as opposed to actively attempting to trade a player. The Kings weren’t trying to trade Isaiah, just fielding calls.
Thomas seems to know that as he believes the Kings think he’s a permanent solution to their point guard woes (right now, at least), though understands there are going to be doubts about his ability to be a starter in the NBA due to his size.
There have always been doubts – yet Thomas has always squashed such fears. He understands he’ll need to do that again.
“Every offseason I go into the new year thinking, ‘OK, we had a losing season, so nobody’s job is secure but DeMarcus Cousins’ and now Rudy Gay’s,” Thomas said. “And I’m 5-9. So I understand. I understand. Five-nine, there’s not another 5-9 starting guard in this league. You haven’t seen one and you can probably name on your hand, on your five fingers, a starting point guard in the history of the NBA that’s been this short. I understand it. But at the same time, I’m just willing to work and willing to showcase my skills.”
Thomas will be a restricted free agent at season end giving Sacramento the right to match any contract he receives in free agency, assuming the two sides don’t come to terms on a contract extension before that.