Isaiah Thomas averaged career highs of 20.3 points and 6.3 assists in 72 games with Sacramento last season. (Andy Lyons / Getty Images)
Phoenix — The Phoenix Suns agreed to a sign-and-trade deal with the Sacramento Kings for point guard Isaiah Thomas, two people with knowledge of the situation said Friday.
The Pistons reportedly had interest in Thomas, who is signing a four-year, $27 million contract.
In exchange, the Kings get the draft rights to center Alex Oriakhi, a second-round draft pick of the Suns in 2013, plus a $7 million trade exception.
One of the people who confirmed the deal said the Suns see Thomas as a “perfect third guard” to play with Phoenix’s double point guard starting lineup of Goran Dragic and Eric Bledsoe. He is not envisioned as a replacement for either of them.
Thomas was a restricted free agent who was in Phoenix meeting with the Suns on Thursday and Friday.
Thomas was the 60th and final draft pick, out of Washington, in 2011 and became a fan favorite as he worked his way into more and more playing time in Sacramento.
He averaged career highs of 20.3 points and 6.3 assists in 72 games with Sacramento last season, 54 as a starter. In three seasons with the Kings, he played in 216 games, 153 as a starter, averaging 15.3 points and 4.8 assists.
“I’m excited for what the future holds here in Phoenix,” he said in a tweet.
Thomas also thanked the city of Sacramento, saying the city “will always have a place in my heart.”
“To the fans of Sacramento, words can’t explain what y’all mean to me!,” he said. “Y’all made me who I am in the NBA and I can’t thank you guys enough.”
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