The Sacramento Kings say they wanted Isaiah Thomas back. Isaiah Thomas said he just didn’t feel wanted. Needless to say, somebody here isn’t telling the full story or there was a lack of communication.
I have a difficult time believing the latter, so it seems there simply was a difference in opinion regarding Isaiah Thomas’ future with the organization. It certainly was a weird one considering his involvement with the franchise and the fact that he was a fan favorite, but alas those building the roster felt the money he would have commanded could be better spent elsewhere. There also aren’t any championship banners hanging in the rafters around the league that claim ‘fan favorite’ as the reason for success.
But did Isaiah want to do his own thing as well? For what it’s worth, I.T. suggested he wanted to remain with the Kings though minority owner Shaquille O’Neal says he wanted to do something else.
“Isaiah and I are close. As players, we have to do what’s best for us. There was differences in the role and amount of money he wanted and things didn’t match up. He wanted to do something else. You can only wish him well.”
It’s been a long time since I’ve seen such an odd relationship between a Kings front office and a player, who at the end of the day both suggested they wanted a reunion, yet opted to part ways.