Pacific Rumors: Thomas, Budenholzer, Cook, Kings

Isaiah Thomas hip issue has severely damaged his value on the open market, some front office executives told Sean Deveney of the Sporting News. Fears that his hip is either pre-arthritic or already arthritic will likely force the Lakers point guard to accept a one-year “prove it” deal or a two-year deal with a team option, Deveney continues. That’s a dramatic fall for a player who was expected to be a max contract candidate just a year ago, Deveney notes. One GM that Deveney talked to predicted that Thomas would have to accept a “low-risk deal.”

In other news around the Pacific Division:

  • It’s unclear why Hawks coach Mike Budenholzer told the Suns he was no longer interested in their head coaching job, Scott Bordow of the Arizona Republic writes. He was either underwhelmed by what he heard from the Suns’ brass, didn’t get a sufficient financial offer or found a better opportunity somewhere else, Bordow adds. Ex-Grizzlies coach David Fizdale appears to be the favorite for the job but he’s also being pursued by the Knicks, Hornets and perhaps the Bucks, Bordow continues. Jazz assistant Igor Kokoskov also appears to be a prime candidate but if the Trail Blazers fire Terry Stotts, he would likely become the frontrunner, Bordow adds.
  • Quinn Cook‘s long odyssey from being undrafted in 2015 to rotation player with the Warriors in this year’s playoffs is chronicled by Sports Illustrated’s Jack Fischer. This season alone was a whirlwind, as Fischer explains, with Cook getting waived by the Hawks before training camp, then signing a two-way contract with Golden State. When Stephen Curry was sidelined by a left knee injury, the Warriors signed Cook to a standard contract. He’s averaging 6.8 PPG in 19.8 MPG against the Spurs in the opening round.
  • The Kings have $5.4MM in cap room to use by the end of June, Bobby Marks of ESPN tweets. They increased it by $2MM through the set-off in the waived contracts of Anthony Tolliver and Arron Afflalo, Marks adds. The new cap year begins in July.
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4 thoughts on “Pacific Rumors: Thomas, Budenholzer, Cook, Kings

  1. Connorsoxfan

    Is Thomas looking at an MLE deal? Or will he go to a crappy team with cap space. Honestly if I was him I’d ask for a 4 year MLE with a no trade clause. I can’t imagine he wants to move around anymore.

    • Connorsoxfan

      Of course that’s because I want him back in Boston and that’s the only way it’s possible but still, even if he has to go somewhere else I think he should do that, take 30 million or whatever over 4 years, get some security, and don’t worry about moving again.

    • KCelts

      You know what’d be crazy? A return to Boston. However, maybe behind Kyrie and with Terry, he could serve as a 6th Man of sorts again here in Boston to build up his rep again. Pipe dream, yes, but actually feasible.

  2. Chris

    Maybe I’m just remembering him too much off of this season, but I don’t think IT was ever a max player

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