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Sacramento Kings point guard Isaiah Thomas may not register as a true star by most accounts, but he's still one of the best young scorers in the game.
Thomas is averaging 20.6 points per game this season with a 57.9 true shooting percentage, which are both outstanding numbers. His small stature belies his ability to get to the rim, and his chemistry with DeMarcus Cousins in the pick-and-roll is very real.
Would the Kings be crazy enough to pass up on one of the closest comparisons to Allen Iverson we've seen in recent years?
Maybe. Sacramento is facing the very real possibility of dipping into the luxury tax next season, and at this year's deadline, word came out via Marc Spears of Yahoo! Sports that the Kings may want something a little different at the point:
The Kings still like Isaiah Thomas, but they are also interested in acquiring a true point guard as the trade deadline approaches, a source said.
While the Rockets won't have the cap room to put in a substantial offer sheet on Thomas, particularly if Chandler Parsons' team option is declined to make him a restricted free agent, perhaps a sign-and-trade deal similar to what the Kings did with Tyreke Evans last offseason could be in the cards.
If the Kings want to improve their defense (and they should), perhaps pairing Cousins with a real rim protector and pick-and-roll defender like Omer Asik could be beneficial for both sides. If the Kings end up going with a guard like Dante Exum or Marcus Smart in the draft, maybe Thomas would become expendable.
For Houston, adding a lightning quick guard who can shoot from the outside, run the pick-and-roll and get buckets at an alarming rate could propel their offense to even greater heights. Although Thomas isn't a good fit with Harden defensively, the presence of Beverley could make that three-man backcourt rotation work out just fine, while also making a Lin trade easier to stomach.