HoopsHype Isaiah Thomas rumors

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At the start of the season, the Kings’ idea was to bring Thomas off the bench and allow him to wreak havoc as a scoring machine. But when the Kings had the chance to trade for Rudy Gay, it meant parting with Vasquez, the pass-first complement to Thomas. The coaching staff and front office are fans of Thomas but realize he’s a scorer first and knowing when to dial down his offense is a process. And barring the addition of a player similar to Vasquez, the Kings need Thomas to continue to improve as a facilitator. Sacramento Bee

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That doesn’t account for all the times Augustin simply beat Irving off the dribble, but he’s not alone. Just within the last three weeks, here are the point guards that have really hurt the Cavs: Denver’s Ty Lawson had 19 points and 11 assists (averages 18 ppg, 8.9 apg), Portland’s Damian Lillard had 28 points and 5 assists (averages 21.2 ppg, 5.8 apg), the Lakers’ Kendall Marshall had 10 points and 16 assists (averages 10.1 ppg, 9.1 apg), Sacramento’s Isaiah Thomas had 26 points and 6 assists (averages 19.5 ppg, 6.3 apg), Utah rookie Trey Burke had 17 points and 6 assists (averages 13.5 ppg, 5.6 apg) and Philadelphia’s Michael Carter-Williams had 33 points and 5 assists (17.5 ppg, 6.7 apg). Akron Beacon Journal

January 15, 2014 Updates

Q: Who would be an ideal pick for my sacramento kings? Chad Ford: Likely will come down to Parker and Embiid. Rudy Gay plays the same position as Parker, but if the Kings decide they don't want to break the bank to keep Gay around, Parker is a cheaper and frankly more talented, less selfish option. Embiid gives them much needed shot blocking and frees them up to move Cousins to the four. But Embiid isn't totally NBA ready and I hear a sense of urgency from the Kings to start putting a winner on the court now. I know Kings management has a thing for Dante Exum. Obviously Isaiah Thomas has been great, but Exum projects as a better prospect and he's six inches taller. ESPN.com

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Popovich said teams do their best to find players in the draft who fit, but there is no way to predict who will succeed after the draft simply based on where they are selected. “Having busts in the top 10 and having guys like Isaiah come through on the other end makes it great,” Popovich said. So why did the Spurs pass on Thomas twice in that draft? “Ask (general manager) R.C. (Buford),” Popovich said. “My guess is we already had Tony Parker here so I don’t think we had a need at the point.” Sacramento Bee

December 28, 2013 Updates

"His change of speed is probably better than mine because he's left-handed," Robinson said. "Lefties got that extra little gear I guess you could say. There's something about left-handers. Zeke's a hell of a player." Many of Thomas' trademark moves came from watching film of standout shorter players before his time, notably Stoudamire, who he calls his "favorite player growing up" and the one he "modeled" his game after as a youth. Whether it's at the rim or out to 20 feet, Thomas is an efficient shooter from most areas of the court. He's skilled at reverse layups, smart about which angles and spins to use to get shots off and showcases the right arc and timing on his floaters and touch shots. Bleacher Report

December 22, 2013 Updates

SLAM: Sixtieth pick in the Draft to starting point guard. What do you want your legacy as a basketball player to be? How do you want people to remember you? Isaiah Thomas: I want to be the best little guy to ever play. SLAM

December 16, 2013 Updates

Following trade for Rudy Gay, Isaiah Thomas is relishing the added workload as #SacKings starting point guard: "I'm actually good man," Thomas said of playing more minutes after the Kings traded former starting point guard Greivis Vasquez. "I've been ready for this moment since I came in the league. That's what I worked so hard for in the summers - to play those minutes. I wanted to be them guards that I see on each and every other team, playing 40 minutes a night. Given this opportunity, I'm gonna take it and run with it." Sulia

December 10, 2013 Updates

This offseason, Thomas has been spending almost all of his time in the gym, determined to expand his game for the 2013-14 season. “I’m in the best shape of my life right now,” Thomas said. “I wanted to be in really great shape coming into this year. The biggest thing I’ve been working on is my right hand – my moves going right, passing with my right hand, finishing with my right hand, things like that. I’ve been really focusing on trying to do things both ways, being able to do everything with my left and right hand. That’s the biggest thing I’ve been working on this summer, on top of everything else. I’ve just been trying to get better as an overall player and work on my right hand. Those are the things I’ve been really focused on.” HoopsWorld

December 5, 2013 Updates

Thomas is the Kings’ second-leading scorer at 17.6 points while shooting 45 percent. Thomas is averaging 4.5 assists, second on the the team in 27.5 minutes. “I’ve thought about that at times during the season. If you looked at just from the preseason alone, no disrespect to anybody, but Isaiah had played the best of anybody at the point guard position. But what I felt was best for the team at that time was to continue to bring him off the bench, allow Greivis to start and let (Thomas) to be that spark plug off the bench. And he’s shown that he can do that and do that at a high level,” Malone said. Sacramento Bee

November 24, 2013 Updates

There’s a rivalry brewing between the Los Angeles Clippers and Sacramento Kings. Just after DeMarcus Cousins missed a shot at the buzzer to lose a hard-fought game against the Clippers (which featured a flagrat-2 ejection for Travis Outlaw), Cousins pulled Isaiah Thomas away from Chris Paul as the two met for a post-game handshake. For The Win

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Isaiah Thomas on why the #SacKings have trouble sustaining consistent effort. “I think it’s just body language – we’re not playing for each other. A guy might get a turnover, a guy might miss a shot and we’re all like, ‘Oh my gosh.’ Johnny (Salmons) said something in the huddle like, ‘Let’s just play; let’s stop trying to blame everybody else and let’s just play.’ And that’s what that group that came back, we did – we just played. We didn’t care about turnovers, we didn’t care about missed shots, we just played hard. We’ve got to continue to do that and also get better at the things we work on.” Sulia

October 31, 2013 Updates

Isaiah Thomas discusses coming off the bench for #NBAKings "I would like to start but I’m a player that’s just going to do whatever is asked by the coach and try to do it to the best of my ability. I view myself as a starter but at the same time I view myself as a team player and I want to do what’s best for the team and whatever I can to help the team." More Thomas: "No matter what I’m the same player. Guys say I’m a spark plug off the bench but when I start the game that’s how I play anyway. So it’s not like I’m changing my game just because I’m coming off the bench. I’m the same player, just trying to be aggressive and make plays." Sulia

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