Today the Sonics acquired Kurt Thomas and 2 first round picks from the Suns.
This really just makes the Rashard Lewis deal a three way trade with Phoenix.
The Sonics needed to get something in exchange for Lewis and the trade exception has allowed this. However, the value sounds and feels better than the likely reality.
As we have already talked about on the blog today, the lower first round picks are very unlikely to amount to anything formative in your line-up. Yet, more kicks at the can is always a good thing. In other words, while the chances are limited the more attempts the better chance you have of hitting and the Sonics just got two more shots.
Bottom line, the Sonics got something for Lewis and used the trade exception correctly. The likely scenario has these as late first round picks, but there is always the chance that Nash or Amare gets hurt and then the Sonics pulled off a coup.
Kurt Thomas is a nice veteran and plays the game correctly. His best value is an expiring contract at the end of the season.
From a Suns perspective it is about money and staying away from the luxury tax. However, Thomas was one of their few defensive players. Thomas inability to stay healthy may have prevented the Suns from winning a championship.
Really this was a necessary evil for both teams and they both did the best considering the circumstances.