Isaiah Thomas: ‘I want to kill Sacramento’
New Phoenix Suns point guard Isaiah Thomas was acquired from the Sacramento Kings earlier in the off-season. Since the move to the desert, Thomas has been very vocal on how he feels he was treated by the Kings.
Thomas was a restricted free agent with the Kings who didn’t want to extend him or even match the offer the Suns made for his services. The Suns offered a four-year contract worth $27 million as well as the rights to forward Alex Oriakhi to the Kings for Thomas.
In an interview with SB Nation, Thomas said that he still loves Sacramento but when the two teams meet in the NBA regular season from now on, his only goal is to ‘kill them’. Of course, this shouldn’t be taken literally and he means he wants to ‘beat them’.
“I don’t think it’s just a specific game, just the whole experience,” Thomas said. “It was different from I think anybody else’s because three different coaches in three years, front office changing, the arena situation, us maybe moving to Seattle, all of that plays a part in the whole experience and I wouldn’t change it for anything. I tell everybody I love Sacramento, I always will love Sacramento, but when we play them I’m going to kill Sacramento.”
Originally, the acquisition of Thomas was met by disdain by many Suns fans as they felt that the team had enough shooters. But with no long-term agreement reached with guard Eric Bledsoe, the deal is only looking like a steal for the Suns.
Thomas was drafted with the 60th overall pick in the 2011 NBA Draft. The 5′ 9″ point guard averaged 20.3 points, 2.9 rebounds and 6.3 assists per game for the Kings in 2013.