It's funny the way we evaluate decision-making. Sometimes, it has everything to do with the guy making the choice as opposed to the decision.
If the Spurs do something, we automatically evaluate it as brilliant.
It's the Spurs! How could they ever make a mistake?
Similarly, when David Kahn drafted point guard after point guard in the 2009 draft (Jonny Flynn, Ricky Rubio, Ty Lawson—who was later traded to the Denver Nuggets—and Nick Calathes), we bashed him.
What was Kahn thinking? How could he take that many point guards and expect them to play together?
Now though, the Suns, who have proved to be a crafty organization under general manager Ryan McDonough, have done the same thing. After signing and trading for Thomas, Phoenix can throw out a five-point guard lineup of Thomas, Dragic, Bledsoe, Ennis and Archie Goodwin (assuming they match on any Bledsoe offer).
Seriously, can we make this happen if only for five minutes?
So, what the heck are the Suns doing?
We can't really be sure yet.
Are they preparing to let Bledsoe walk in restricted free agency if someone makes him a max offer? Are they thinking about trading away Dragic, who can become a free agent in 2015 and will surely have a chance at a max deal (which would be a higher max than Bledsoe's) with another strong season?
Are they preparing a Dragic, Morris twins and picks package to send to Minnesota for Kevin Love, one that would probably trump anything the Cleveland Cavaliers or Golden State Warriors could give if Andrew Wiggins or Klay Thompson is off the table?
We don't know. But Phoenix has earned a pass, so for now, we'll say four years, $27 million is a fine contract for Thomas. Accumulating assets is never a bad thing, considering how tradable they are at any given point. If Phoenix ends up with Love, fans are going to treasure a three-point guard rotation of Thomas, Bledsoe and Ennis, with Love as the perfect pop man for that pick-and-roll-heavy offense.
For now though, compiling good contracts tends to work out, and we, at least, have to give the Suns props for that.
Unless otherwise noted, all statistics are current as of July 12 and courtesy of Basketball-Reference.com and NBA.com.
Fred Katz averaged almost one point per game in fifth grade, but he maintains that his per-36-minute numbers were astonishing. Find more of his work at RotoWire.com, WashingtonPost.com or on ESPN's TrueHoop Network at ClipperBlog.com. Follow him on Twitter at @FredKatz.