Newly signed free agent point guard Isaiah Thomas was recently back in Sacramento to host his annual basketball camp for kids. Thomas spoke with Blake Ellington of the Sactown Royalty in this story about his decision to bolt Sacramento to Phoenix during free agency.
One of the biggest appeals to making the move to Phoenix was the Suns ability to win now and the chance for Thomas to come in and compete for playing time.
What have the Suns told you about how you can fit it in with what they are trying to do there?
If Bledsoe comes back, basically it’s a three-guard rotation. They said ‘you’re going to have a big role in whatever we do,’ and that’s what I wanted most, I wanted to be a big part of something. And I know they won 48 games last year, they were one game out of the NBA playoffs, and that’s big. And I told them, when it comes to winning, I’ll set everything aside because at the end of the day, you’re judged by how many wins you have and how far you can take your basketball team. So like I said, if Eric Bledsoe does come back it’ll be a three-guard rotation with us playing, they said there will always be two of us on the floor. They didn’t really say nothing about starting or coming off the bench and I’m happy with that. They didn’t tell me what I wanted to hear, ‘you’re going to start from day one,’ no, you’re going to come in and compete and you’re going to have a big role on this team.
The quote that stands out the most from this story was perhaps his “warning” to the Kings every time the two squads meet up next year.
Do you have a favorite memory on the floor as a King?
I don’t think it’s just a specific game, just the whole experience. 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.
I think it is safe to say to expect some big nights from Thomas when he faces off against his old team next season.