HoopsHype Isaiah Thomas rumors

December 17, 2014 Updates

With news of Thomas firing his agent, Andy Miller, two weeks ago and with him becoming trade-eligible this week, the dot-connectors went to work after Thomas' comment to cbssports.com last month that the Suns situation "was not what I expected." Miller negotiated Thomas' four-year, $27 million contract with Phoenix in July. "It's unrelated to the Suns," Thomas said of firing his agent. "I lost trust in the guy. That's all it is. Professional reasons. Personal reasons as well. People, I've seen, say I want to be traded and things like that. Nah, that happened two weeks ago." Arizona Republic

Asked if he was good with the current situation, Thomas said, "I'm not OK with losing, so I don't think anybody is OK with what is going on right now. We've got to figure it out." Asked if he was good with his individual situation, Thomas said, "My family loves it. So if they're happy, I'm happy. Like I said, we're losing now. And, no, I'm not OK with the situation right now because we are on a six-game losing streak. I'm not OK with it." Arizona Republic

December 16, 2014 Updates

The Phoenix Suns wore "I Can't Breathe" T-shirts during warm-ups and on the bench for their Monday night loss to Milwaukee. Suns point guard Isaiah Thomas organized the idea for the Suns to follow the lead of other NBA players and teams who have worn the protest shirt at games. Arizona Republic

December 15, 2014 Updates

Phoenix has committed $70 million over five years to Bledsoe and $27 million over four years to Thomas. Bledsoe and Thomas will earn a combined $20.5 million next season. Dragic, an All-NBA third-team selection, could command $15 million a year or more on the open market in July. Would the Suns pay three point guards a combined $35 million, more than half of the projected cap? Would they let Dragic walk away for nothing? The answer to both questions is "probably not," which is why team executives across the league expect the Suns to trade one of the three. Some interviewed for this story said Thomas was the most likely candidate. "I do think that they're going to look at it, [but] only if it makes them better," said another Western Conference executive. Bleacher Report

According to SportsAgentBlog.com’s Founder, Darren Heitner, Phoenix Suns point guard Isaiah Thomas has fired his agency, ASM Sports. The Tacoma, Washington native was represented by the Founder and President of ASM, Andy Miller. As Heitner reported, Thomas recently fired Miller and ASM for personal and professional reasons; he will hire a new agent before the Holidays. Sports Agent Blog

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“It's a tough situation,” Thomas said. “But you've just got to be ready for whatever circumstances coach puts you in. You gotta be ready when your name is called, but I'm not going to sugarcoat it. It's tough. It's not what I expected,” Thomas continued. “But coach has a tough job. Putting all of us on the floor and trying to mix up the minutes, it's tough for him. So it's not just tough for us as players, we just gotta be ready when our name's called and just know, I mean, coach is trying to do what he thinks is best for the team to put us in a position to win. But the key word is it's a tough situation. For all of us.” CBSSports.com

Phoenix head coach Jeff Hornacek has used the three of them together when he's wanted to push the pace. Offensively, that's a lot to handle. The strategy has obvious defensive drawbacks, though, especially when the opponent has a post-up threat on the wing. Finding the proper balance has been tricky. “They're all used to having the ball in their hands quite a bit, and they're still trying to figure it out,” Hornacek said. “And so are we [the coaching staff]. It's not just those three guys — we have Gerald Green at the guard position also. And everyone goes, ‘Ehh, we can just slide him over to the 3 spot,' but then we have P.J. Tucker and Marcus Morris.” CBSSports.com

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

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