PHOENIX (CBS13/AP) – The Phoenix Suns officially announced the acquisition of point guard Isaiah Thomas on Saturday in a sign-and-trade deal with the Sacramento Kings.
The deal had been reported by multiple outlets on Friday.
The Suns envision Thomas as a complement to their double point guard starting lineup of Goran Dragic and Eric Bledsoe.
“Isaiah is one of the most dynamic scorers and playmakers in the NBA,” McDonough said. “I have always admired his competitive spirit and his love for the game.”
The 5-foot-9 Thomas averaged 20.3 points and 6.3 assists for the Kings last season, his third in the NBA, and was a restricted free agent. He was one of six players to average at least 20 points and six assists in 2013-14.
“He will be a great fit for our up-tempo attack,” McDonough said in the news release announcing the acquisition, “and he will help solidify what we believe is the best backcourt in the league.”
Sacramento gets the rights to forward Alex Oriakhi, Phoenix’s second-round draft pick a year ago. The Kings also get a $7 million trade exemption.
The Kings believed Thomas was expendable after their recent agreement to sign point guard Darren Collison.
Bledsoe also is a restricted free agent and the Suns are attempting to re-sign him before another team makes an offer.
Thomas and others took to Twitter to talk about the deal:
Phoenix Suns (@Suns) July 12, 2014
Sacramento will always have a place in my heart! Thanks 2 @KJ_MayorJohnson 4 being by my side since day 1. Learned a lot from you & the city—
Isaiah Thomas (@Isaiah_Thomas2) July 11, 2014
@Isaiah_Thomas2 Looking forward to seeing you play in Phoenix. Don't act like you don't know me when I come to see you. :)—
Kevin Johnson (@KJ_MayorJohnson) July 11, 2014
Best of luck @Isaiah_Thomas2 thanks for the memories, you are a class act, have the biggest heart and will always be beloved by us. Love u—
Vivek Ranadivé (@Vivek) July 12, 2014
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