HoopsHype Isaiah Thomas rumors

November 18, 2014 Updates

The Suns system is designed to find the closest point guard to start a fast break, with the other running ahead. In the half-court sets, the ball is supposed to move crisply to emphasize which side of the court has a mismatch. Why has that not clicked? "Because there's only one ball and we're all point guards," Dragic said. "That's an easy answer. "It's hard. That's sacrifice. If Isaiah's playing well, he's going to stay in. Me and Eric, it depends who is playing better and who is going to be on the court. The other guy is going to be on the bench. It's the way it is. We need to embrace that." Arizona Republic

LeBron James, Kyrie Irving, Russell Westbrook, James Harden and Stephen Curry, who were each an all-star last season. "It was an honor," Thomas said of the call from Ainge. "Danny Ainge, the Boston Celtics, all the history here, the tradition. It was definitely an honor." Talks did not go much further than that, with Thomas ultimately agreeing to a four-year, $27 million contract with the Kings as part of a sign-and-trade that sent him immediately to the Suns where he has teamed up with Goran Dragic and Eric Bledsoe to form one of the best scoring point guard rotations in the NBA. "With those three guys, we feel usually we have two on the floor and we can attack and break down the defense," said Suns General Manager Ryan McDonough, a former assistant GM with the Celtics. CSNNE.com

November 7, 2014 Updates

Q: I know you’ve said you didn’t understand why the Kings didn’t show more interest, but I’d heard they were certainly making efforts (during free agency), including (Kings general manager) Pete (D’Alessandro) going up to (Thomas’ home area of) Seattle to visit with you on a trip where you guys didn’t connect. How did you see that? Isaiah Thomas: I mean they were interested, but it wasn’t enough. I felt like if they wanted me as bad as they said they did, they should have been the first to show more interest than others. That’s the only thing that caught me off guard, but at the end of the day I thought, ‘Man, it’s a business and things happen.’ They looked in a different direction, and that’s what they wanted. People always say I feel bitter, but I don’t. People always ask me the question, so I’m going to answer it, and people always bring it up. So it is what it is.” For The Win

Q: What about the idea, which I’ve also heard, that some of the guys weren’t necessarily lobbying for you to be back? Isaiah Thomas: I’ve heard those things too. I don’t know, because I didn’t hear them say it, but I’ve heard people say it and more than one person. I’ve heard Rudy (Gay), and some things about DeMarcus (Cousins) saying some things, but I didn’t hear it, so I can’t say if it’s true or not. For The Win

Isaiah Thomas: But I know if them guys wanted me back then I probably would be back. And that’s as simple as it gets … The only thing is I wanted to be back because I loved the coaching staff. I love (Kings coach) Mike Malone. He was in my corner 100%. I know that for a fact. And then the city of Sacramento, with the love they showed me. (Sacramento mayor and former NBA player) Kevin Johnson. That was all I knew coming into the NBA. But at the end of the day, I wanted to be wanted – that’s what I keep telling people – and I didn’t feel like they wanted me as much.” For The Win

November 5, 2014 Updates

Suns point guard Isaiah Thomas is a popular topic in Los Angeles for the revisionist history on the Lakers' summer, when they pursued Carmelo Anthony and traded for Jeremy Lin with Thomas available as a restricted free agent. The Lakers contacted Thomas but made a move for Lin as Thomas agreed to terms on a four-year, $27 million contract with the Suns. "They were interested, but they were just waiting on Carmelo and other guys," Thomas said. "Once Phoenix came, I pulled the trigger on it. It (Thomas-Lakers talk) does have a lot of publicity. Even when I was with the Kings, they just want me on the Lakers for some reason." Arizona Republic

October 29, 2014 Updates

Zach Lowe: But they had to wait out Carmelo and LeBron. And now there’s a lot of talk about players not wanting to play with Kobe. What appealed to you about the Lakers? Isaiah Thomas: First off, it’s the Los Angeles Lakers. Who wouldn’t want to play for them? Second off, I felt like they always needed a point guard — a small guard like myself. I always envisioned myself playing with the Lakers, but like you said, they were waiting on Carmelo and other moves. The Suns came out of nowhere and showed a lot of interest, and I fell in love with them. Grantland

Zach Lowe: For better or worse, you’ll always be known as the guy picked last. Where did you watch the draft? When did you know you were getting picked — like, sometime around the 58th pick? Or when it was announced? Isaiah Thomas: I was actually at the gym at the University of Washington. My family was at my apartment complex, watching. I left them there and went to the gym with a few teammates. We were just shooting around, getting on the phone, looking at the draft, and shooting some more — trying to get my mind off things. And when picks just kept going, man, I was getting so frustrated. Zach Lowe: So you were at least monitoring it, even between shots. Isaiah Thomas: My guys were monitoring it. I was trying to shoot and keep my mind off of it. I was calling [my agent], like, “Yo, what’s going on?” I remember the Lakers had four second-round picks. They said they were interested in me, and would like to draft me. After their fourth pick [no. 56] went by, I didn’t think I was going to get drafted. Grantland

Zach Lowe: Point guard is obviously stacked around the league. Who else showed some interest? Which other teams did you look at as potential landing spots? Isaiah Thomas: Dallas was very interested. Miami for a little bit. Detroit was. The Lakers were interested. Those were the four teams, really. Grantland

Zach Lowe: Did the Heat interest come before or after LeBron went to Cleveland? Isaiah Thomas: It was before. And then when LeBron had left, it was kinda like they were going a different direction. Like I said, Phoenix came out of nowhere. I didn’t even list them as a team that I was looking at. I didn’t even know they were looking at me. And then they called, and wanted me to come in for a visit. Grantland

Zach Lowe: Do you still talk to Brandon Roy a lot? Isaiah Thomas: Yeah, I actually talked to him two days ago. Zach Lowe: He’s still in Seattle, right? Isaiah Thomas: Yeah. He actually plays basketball with us throughout the summer. He can’t play 82 games, that’s the only thing. But he’s still got game. Grantland

October 22, 2014 Updates

“J.Crossover”, A Jamal Crawford documentary: The Crossover King Is a True Role Model. We had the pleasure of spending our summer in Seattle with the LA Clippers’ Jamal Crawford as he hosted his annual Seattle Pro-Am league. For two months, we captured highlights and conducted interviews with Pro-Am players like Isaiah Thomas & Tony Wroten as well as Seattle basketball legends like Gary Payton and Brandon Roy who talked to us about Jamal and how committed he is to giving back to his community. We also talked to Jamal about his basketball journey that started at home with a yellow Dr J basketball to playing pick-up games with the original Lob City crew of Gary Payton and Shawn Kemp while Crawford was still in high school to the University of Michigan and then to the NBA where he has been breaking records and throwing lobs to Blake Griffin as part of the modern day Lob City. YouTube

As Isaiah Thomas walked into US Airways Center, he couldn’t help but smile. The Phoenix Suns went all-out during his free agency visit, putting pictures of him in a Suns jersey on the Jumbotron and all over the arena – inside and out. “The Phoenix Suns welcome Isaiah Thomas” read an electronic sign outside of the building. This is exactly what Thomas was looking for entering the offseason. “I went on one visit, with the Phoenix Suns, and they just pulled out the red carpet for me and in the end I just felt wanted,” Thomas told Basketball Insiders. “That was the biggest thing for me, to go to a team that really wanted me for who I was and loved me for what I did – loved me for being a scoring point guard and being a 5’9 point guard. I felt Phoenix was the best destination for me with the style of play, with the coach and with the whole organization there. Everything feels like it’s going forward. I mean, they won 48 games last year, they were one game from the playoffs and it just seemed like the right fit for me.” Basketball Insiders

“Am I surprised Sacramento didn’t bring me back? People always ask that. Actually, I wasn’t. I always felt like they didn’t appreciate me as much as they should,” Thomas said. “I’m not saying the fans – the fans loved me and the city of Sacramento loved me. But it’s a business. They felt like they could get somebody better and I don’t blame them, that’s on them, and it’s their loss. I’m just going to continue to work hard, and worry about the Phoenix Suns. That’s what it’s about now. It’s not about Sacramento. It’s not about me not going back there. I wish them the best, and now it’s about being on the Phoenix Suns and making the playoffs.” Basketball Insiders

October 1, 2014 Updates
August 25, 2014 Updates

“I went on one visit, with the Phoenix Suns, and they just pulled out the red carpet for me and in the end I just felt wanted,” Thomas told Basketball Insiders. “That was the biggest thing for me, to go to a team that really wanted me for who I was and loved me for what I did – loved me for being a scoring point guard and being a 5’9 point guard. I felt Phoenix was the best destination for me with the style of play, with the coach and with the whole organization there. Everything feels like it’s going forward. I mean, they won 48 games last year, they were one game from the playoffs and it just seemed like the right fit for me.” Basketball Insiders

“Am I surprised Sacramento didn’t bring me back? People always ask that. Actually, I wasn’t. I always felt like they didn’t appreciate me as much as they should,” Thomas said. “I’m not saying the fans – the fans loved me and the city of Sacramento loved me. But it’s a business. They felt like they could get somebody better and I don’t blame them, that’s on them, and it’s their loss. I’m just going to continue to work hard, and worry about the Phoenix Suns. That’s what it’s about now. It’s not about Sacramento. It’s not about me not going back there. I wish them the best, and now it’s about being on the Phoenix Suns and making the playoffs.” Basketball Insiders

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