It appears as if Sacramento’s favorite ‘Pizza Guy’ will have a new zip code in the near future as Isaiah Thomas is set to be signed and traded to the Phoenix Suns, this according to a handful of sources including Ken Berger of CBS Sports.
The Suns had been showing interest in the Sacramento Kings guard over the course of the past few days and with the Los Angeles Lakers soon to acquire Jeremy Lin, one of Isaiah Thomas’ most interested suitors was now off the table. That left the Phoenix Suns as Thomas’ next best option where he will be signed to a four-year, $27 million dollar deal. The contract will be front loaded, allowing the Kings to acquire a $7 million dollar trade exception along with the rights to 2013 second-round pick Alex Oriakhi.
Given the Kings salary cap issues, the trade exception is of value as it will give them an asset moving forward as they hope to acquire an addition piece. Earlier in the day, Berger suggested that the Kings were on the prowl for a stretch four or shot blocker to place alongside DeMarcus Cousins – something the exception could help bring in.
Still, I imagine it’s a pretty painful day for most Kings fans who are less than thrilled to lose the fan favorite, especially given Sacramento wasn’t able to shed a bad contract in the deal.
Thanks for the memories, Isaiah Thomas. You’ll be missed by many.