The Suns signed Isaiah Thomas to a four-year, $27 million deal.
The Phoenix Suns have signed restricted free-agent Isaiah Thomas, the former starting point guard of the Sacramento Kings, to a four-year $27 million dollar deal through a sign-and-trade.
Isaiah Thomas averaged over 20 points and 6 assists for the Kings last season.
Suns and Kings are finalizing a sign-and-trade deal on a four-year, $27M contract for Isaiah Thomas, league sources tell Yahoo Sports.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojYahooNBA) July 11, 2014
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
The #Suns aren't signing Isaiah Thomas to deal Bledsoe or Ennis. Plan to use RFA rights on Bledsoe. Ennis, 19, can develop in Bakersfield.— Paul Coro (@paulcoro) July 11, 2014
It's official! pic.twitter.com/LHpoTj500w— Kayla Wallace (@KaylaJasmin) July 12, 2014
According to reports, the deal includes Phoenix sending Alex Oriakhi and a $7 million trade exception to Sacramento to ensure he is not matched by the Kings.
This is an incredible bargain for such a high-caliber point guard. Regardless of what the Suns' future plans are, this is a very good deal for Phoenix going forward.
Is Luol Deng the next target?
The Suns, reportedly, appear to be close to giving an offer sheet to Isaiah Thomas, who the Sacramento Kings will be hard-pressed to match. Now, with LeBron James officially proclaiming his return to the Cleveland Cavaliers, the Suns next target may be on the horizon.
Luol Deng, a 29 year-old 6' 8" forward who averages around 16 points and 6 rebounds per game, may be the Suns' next priority.
League sources also say stars now align in post-decision world for Luol Deng to land in Phoenix. Several teams still in mix.— Ken Berger (@KBergCBS) July 11, 2014
The Suns still have loads of cap space available, and without a max-level player left to chase in free-agency, they seem to be focusing on the next tier of talent. Deng would provide not only perimeter scoring off the catch-and-shoot, but also the versatility and skill to get to the rim off the dribble, and even post up down low.
Not to mention, the perfect mentor for one of the Suns' newest draft picks, T.J. Warren.
Luol Deng was originally drafted by the Phoenix Suns as the seventh pick overall in 2004, before his draft rights were immediately traded to Chicago as part of an earlier deal.
Could Deng be the next free agent "coming home"?