While the Phoenix Suns were setting a record for the most consecutive losses in one season Thursday night, former Suns guard Isaiah Thomas was scoring 27 points in another Boston Celtics win.
After Suns GM Ryan McDonough said that trading Thomas “when we did was a mistake,” Thomas responded the next day following that win over the Milwaukee Bucks.
Thomas is having his best season to date with the Celtics, averaging a career-best 21.6 points and 6.8 assists per game. Most importantly, Thomas is putting up those stats on a 34-25 Celtics team that as of Friday has the third-best record in the Eastern Conference.
What has to hurt the most from a Suns fans’ perspective is how highly Thomas spoke of his time in Phoenix. At the time of the deal, Thomas said that he loved the city, his teammates and had no complaints.
The kicker for the All-Star guard is his contract. Thomas is making just under $7 million this season and the next two. With the salary cap set to explode this summer, Thomas is an absolute steal for Boston.
That contract would be a luxury for any team if Thomas was even playing at the level he was in Phoenix, but now the Washington product is making All-Star teams and has his team in a position to win a playoff series or two.
With the Suns where they are now, even making the playoffs seems too good to be true for the future. All of this while Thomas makes plays like these has to sting.