The Phoenix Suns traded Kurt Thomas and two future first-round picks to the Seattle Durants (a/k/a SuperSonics) for a future conditional second-round pick. The trade seems quite lopsided on the face of it, however, Phoenix shaves payroll and is left with an $8 million trade exception for future use. The two first-round picks acquired by Seattle will be Phoenix’s own picks, whereas the second-round pick being returned is via Orlando.
Thomas was acquired by the Suns two years ago in a draft-night trade with the New York Knicks. New York sent Thomas and the draft rights to Dijon Thompson for Quentin Richardson and the draft rights to Nate Robinson. The center averaged 6.4 points and 6.6 rebounds in his two seasons in Phoenix.
The back-up center will be able to provide a solid veteran presence on a very young team that includes #2 overall pick Kevin Durant and #5 overall pick Jeff Green from this year’s draft. Seattle also traded their leading scorer from last season, Ray Allen, to the Boston Celtics and completed a sign-and-trade with the Orlando Magic for Rashard Lewis.