Isaiah Thomas was a starter and a 20-point-per-game scorer with the Sacramento Kings last season. Next year, he might be neither with the Phoenix Suns, but he will accept any role in order to play on a winning team, reports the AP.
Thomas signed a four-year, $27 million contract with the Suns this offseason. In Phoenix he will likely play behind guards Goran Dragic, who made the All-NBA third team last season, and Eric Bledsoe, a restricted free agent who averaged 17.7 points and 5.5 assists per game. All three are nominally point guards, but the Suns started both Dragic and Bledsoe last season.
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Thomas addressed the situation at a news conference Monday:
"I value myself as a starter, but when it comes down to winning I'll do anything it takes to win. I want to be on a winning team. At the end of the day we're going to play with each other, no matter who starts and who comes off the bench... It's about winning. The individual success will come."
Last season with the Kings, Thomas averaged 20.3 points and 6.3 assists per game.
- Alex Hampl