The cloudy question currently dwelling over the Sacramento Kings front office is why – why was there not more interest in Isaiah Thomas? Sure, the Kings needed significant improvement to their 28-win roster, but you’d be hard pressed to find many who felt Thomas was a contributing problem to such.
Yes, like every other player on the roster, Isaiah Thomas wasn’t without his warts. But for the most part, he was a model basketball talent who made Sacramento Kings fans proud and put in great effort both on and off the court. You couldn’t ask for much more.
Dealing with payroll issues, concern over his contract was warranted though at just under $7 million per season (even though it’s frontloaded), that’s not a figure that the Sacramento front office should have balked at. So what was the issue that kept the Kings from making a commitment to Thomas? It’s something nobody really seems to understand at this point, even IT himself who told Alex Kennedy of Basketball Insiders that he just wanted to feel desired.
Isaiah Thomas confirms that he's heading to the Phoenix Suns once sign-and-trade is complete. Thomas: "I feel wanted. That's all I wanted."
— Alex Kennedy (@AlexKennedyNBA) July 11, 2014
At 5’9, Thomas has been continually told that he can’t do things (like play professional basketball) so it’s understandable why he felt that way, though, a bit disappointing he didn’t get such a feeling from the Kings who seemed accepting of the former Washington Huskies talent moving on.
The team thanked him for his time with the organization on Saturday morning.
— Sacramento Kings (@SacramentoKings) July 12, 2014