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NBA: 14 Players That Teams Wish They Never Traded

  • Listing out some NBA players that teams wish they never traded.
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Trading players in NBA have been a common matter. Teams trade players on their roster who are lesser talented to receive elite players, in an attempt to take a step towards contending for a championship. Sometimes, the team which trades its lesser talented players to the other teams suffer more than the latter. Those players after getting traded, sometimes become more efficient and beneficial for the latter team.

Here are some players, we wish were never been traded:

#14 Phoenix Suns traded Isaiah Thomas

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Isiah Thomas

Isaiah Thomas was the 60th overall draft pick by the Sacramento Kings in 2011 because of his short height and moderate basketball skills. WIth no future in sight, the Sacramento Kings traded Thomas to the Phoenix Suns in 2014. Isaiah was the Point-Guard for the Suns but had to come off the bench as the Suns already had better players to start as the team's Point Guard like Eric Bledsoe and Brandon Knight.

Mid-way through the 2015-16 NBA season, the Suns felt no need of Isiah and they traded him to the Boston Celtics in exchange for Marcus Thornton and a first-round pick in 2016 NBA draft.

Regarding the trade, Isaiah had some thoughts which he expressed through a tweet:

The Phoenix Suns trading Isiah Thomas was a bad deal for the Suns. If we look at Isiah's stats when he was in the Boston Celtics, he averaged 24.7 points per game, 6.0 assists per game, and 2.6 rebounds per game. Isaiah's performance when he was in the Boston Celtics was much better than Marcus Thornton's performance. Isiah was an MVP contender in the 2016-17 season and was averaging 29.9 points per game. He exploded as an offensive player and now one of the elite players in the NBA. Now looking at what the Suns got in exchange for Isiah Thomas, it looks bad for the Phoenix Suns. The Phoenix Suns should have either retained Isaiah or should have waited for the next season in order to get better players in exchange for Isiah Thomas.

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