Things have been awkward all season in the Suns’ backcourt. Goran Dragic was unhappy when Phoenix brought in Isaiah Thomas over the summer, after already getting used to sharing the ball with Eric Bledsoe. Dragic was very vocal about that unhappiness. The Suns traded both Dragic (to the Heat) and Thomas (to the Celtics) at Thursday’s deadline, clearing up the logjam.
Now, Thomas is distancing himself from reports that he, like Dragic, was unhappy with his role in Phoenix:
I. Thomas on reportedly complaining about playing time, “The guy that complained, you seen it in the media. I didn’t say anything.” #Suns
— Jeffrey Sanders (@JeSanders11) February 24, 2015
When Dragic and Thomas were both on the block, the Suns originally thought that trading Thomas and going back to last year’s Dragic-Bledsoe setup would be enough to appease Dragic. But Dragic made it clear that he was leaving Phoenix this summer regardless, so the Suns were left with no choice.
They traded Thomas, too, because they had the opportunity to upgrade to Brandon Knight. But for all the talk that Thomas was creating issues in the locker room, it sounds like the only one whose frustration was boiling over was Dragic. Thomas’ comment makes that appear to be the case.