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.