Kings offer Isaiah Thomas for the 19th Pick?

April 14, 2013; Houston, TX, USA; Sacramento Kings point guard Isaiah Thomas (22) drives to the basket against the Houston Rockets in the third quarter at the Toyota Center. The Rockets defeated the Kings 121-100. Mandatory Credit: Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports

A rumor from Bob Finnan of the News-Herald has stated that the Kings have offered point guard Isaiah Thomas to the Cavaliers for the 19th pick in this June’s draft. Thomas, who played in 79 games for the Kings last season, starting 62, was the 60th pick in the 2011 NBA Draft. It can be assumed that, were the Cavs to accept this deal, Thomas would be one of the first players off the bench as the Cavs backup point guard next season. Thomas averaged 13.9 points, 2 rebounds, and 4 assists per game last season for Sacramento.

Thomas has spent the better part of the last two years as the starting point guard in Sacramento. He’s a decent shooter and pick-and-roll guard, who has a game very similar to the style that Kyrie Irving plays, and would bring instant offense to the Cavs bench. Thomas also is on the last year of his rookie deal, and would be an excellent cheap player, on a salary just under $900k next season. However, Thomas is small, standing at just 5’9″, and is a bad defender, struggling to guard even average-sized NBA guards. Also, the Cavs could definitely use a few players who should be available at 19, such as Reggie Bullock or Sergey Karasev. It’s a trade that, were it to occur, would definitely have both pros and cons for the Cavs organization.

Topics: Cleveland Cavaliers, Isaiah Thomas, NBA Draft, Sacramento Kings

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  • aplumley

    Lots of problems with this article. Namely, Sac will never give up IT for a #19 pic. Second, he is a pretty decent defender coming out of Lorenao Romar’s UW team and if he weren’t then Jimmer would be getting PT because Jimmer is a better scorer. He even drew assignments on bigger 2 guards sometimes and did surprisingly well. The only time I saw him as a major liability on D was when he would go up against big 2s that had post game (Kobe). Again, I’ll eat my words if this happens but it aint going to happen. I could see Jimmer going for the #19 pic since he is more similar to the player that is described above, but not IT. I could even see Thornton going for the 19 before IT because Thornton is a redundant player on a team with a surplus of 2s and a dearth of PGs.

  • Zebo

    The King’s would be foolish in my opinion to do this. maybe trade IT And Salmons, for the 19th pick and the Cav’s drop the future draft pick owed them by the King’s, even at that I think the Cavaliers come out the better.

  • destiny_driven

    The posts below says that Sacramento would never trade Thomas for the 19th overall selection. However, the article pointed out that Thomas is in the final year of his rookie deal, meaning that he will be restricted free agent after staying with the Cavs for just one year. I see the Kings looking to clean up their glut of point guards, fill a need thru the draft, and not have to match Thomas’ offers from other teams when he becomes a restricted free agent after next season. Never say never boys. There are just too many different angles to view NBA roster management from.