The Phoenix Suns apparently aren't satisfied with what's already one of the best backcourts in the NBA. Phoenix met with Kings point guard Isaiah Thomas on Thursday, according to Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports. Thomas is a restricted free agent, so Sacramento would have the right to match any offer.
With Eric Bledsoe and Goran Dragic already installed in the backcourt, the 5'9 Thomas seems like a strange fit in Phoenix. The Suns do have plenty of cap space, though, and Thomas is among the best remaining free agents on the market.
So, are the Suns really going to throw a lucrative offer sheet at Thomas? Let's break down this rumor.
Why it makes sense
By signing point guard Darren Collison to a three-year, $16 million deal in free agency, the Kings appear to have moved on from Thomas. Signing Thomas to a sizable offer sheet would now likely push Sacramento into the luxury tax. Collison has been a starter most of his career, even if the 26-year-old spent last season backing up Chris Paul on the Clippers.
The Suns have a lot of open cap space after power forward Channing Frye decided to sign in Orlando. Point guard may seem like the last position Phoenix needs to try to improve, but Bledsoe is a restricted free agent. It's possible Bledsoe could draw a max contract in free agency, just like fellow restricted free agents Gordon Hayward and Chandler Parsons have. Perhaps Thomas is a more affordable contingency plan in Phoenix's eyes.
Regardless, Thomas is unquestionably a productive player. Last season was a career-year for the Washington alum, as he posted 20.3 points and 6.3 assists per game on 45 percent shooting.
Thomas would be a nice fit in the uptempo offense Suns coach Jeff Hornacek runs. The only problem is that the backcourt is already full if Bledsoe is retained.
Why it doesn't make sense
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In addition to starting two nominal point guards in the backcourt with Bledsoe and Dragic, Phoenix also used the No. 18 pick in the 2014 draft on Syracuse point guard Tyler Ennis. Ennis is still19 years old after spending only one year in college, but he's a smart player with a game that already has polish.
Bledsoe's future is still in the air, but as a restricted free agent, the Suns control his destiny. Thomas is good, but Bledsoe is bigger, stronger, more athletic and a superior defender. Bledsoe averaged 17.7 points and 5.5 assists per game last season in his first year as a starter. A max contract might seem rich for the 24-year-old Bledsoe, but many teams around the league likely think he's worth it.
If Bledsoe is retained, signing Thomas to a big deal would seem like an odd use of cap space. However, there is a good chance Phoenix feels like Thomas is the best attainable free agent left on the market, so they might as well sign him to strengthen the roster. It's a head-scratching rumor, but it's not impossible to believe.