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Pistons, Mavs, Lakers and Heat looking hard at restricted free agent Isaiah Thomas

Jun 30, 2014, 11:28 PM EDT

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Sacramento Kings starting point guard Isaiah Thomas has beaten the odds for his entire basketball career and now he’s set to get his first big payday.

The Kings recently extended a qualifying offer to Thomas making him a restricted free agent, and league sources tell PBT that as many as five teams have expressed interest in making an offer to steal away the point guard.

The Pistons, Heat, Lakers, Mavs and Suns have all expressed interest, with the Pistons showing the most interest to date and numbers starting in the three-year, $24 million range. Talks with teams in playoff contention have started in the $6-7 million per-year range.

Thomas averaged 20.3 points and 6.3 assists per game last season while hitting 45.3 percent of his shots. He ranked second for the Kings in win shares with 7.7, just behind DeMarcus Cousins at 7.9 and ahead of Rudy Gay at 4.5, with the rest of the team far behind the trio.

Last season, Thomas also became the 29th player in league history to have averaged 20 points and six assists in a year with a 20.0 Player Efficiency Rating (PER). The Kings were 3.9 points per possession better defensively with Thomas on the floor last season.

  1. sportsfan18 - Jun 30, 2014 at 11:37 PM

    Of course the Heat are looking at him…

    They don’t have a point guard on their roster yet…

    • antistratfordian - Jun 30, 2014 at 11:52 PM

      That’s kind of true. They have two miniature shooting guards. Napier has good vision though, and is a good pa sser – better than Cole.

  2. benjamincharlesparho - Jun 30, 2014 at 11:55 PM

    This could be a great signing for the Pistons if they can figure out a way to get rid of Jennings.

  3. kb2408 - Jul 1, 2014 at 12:13 AM

    Lol…how weird would that be, “Isiah Thomas” playing for the “LAKERS”?! Even weirder still, another Isiah Thomas playing for the Pistons 20 years after the first one.

  4. cmart0907 - Jul 1, 2014 at 12:51 AM

    I know he is short for his position , but don’t short the men’s contract. 24million? He averaged 20 & 6 in the WESTERN conference. I’m a fan of him. He is only getting better. Guys like Larry Sanders who had one good year making 11 million a year doing absolute nothing. I would pay him a 4yr 40 million contract.

  5. saint1997 - Jul 1, 2014 at 1:07 AM

    Kings got to get some sign and trade action, do not let him walk!

  6. muathjam21 - Jul 1, 2014 at 1:40 AM

    In other related news, the Los Angeles Lakers are also looking at Cristiano Ronaldo.

  7. campcouch - Jul 1, 2014 at 8:10 AM

    I wonder what the Kings are trying to build. Draft Fedette and then replace him with Thomas,now Thomas may be gone if the Kings don’t match any offers. Draft Stauskas with McLemore on the team already. The number 8 pick is a little high to be on the bench. There has to be a plan somewhere in this.

    • poundtherock - Jul 1, 2014 at 8:19 AM

      The Kings’ management is new. They didn’t draft Isaiah or Fredette. I’m guessing they don’t think that Isaiah Thomas distributes the ball enough and he’ll never be an elite defender.

      As far as drafting Stauskas when we just drafted McClemore, I think that’s a case of the best player available (who they thought was BPA) and the fact that McClemore kinda sucked last season.

  8. edavidberg - Jul 1, 2014 at 9:44 AM

    Kings have never realized how good this guy is. I’m glad he’s likely going to a team that will appreciate him.

  9. fordmandalay - Jul 1, 2014 at 9:59 AM

    Recent history of the Lakers shows one of two things will happen; either Kupchak will make the worst, most boneheaded move possible, or they’ll make a great move which will re-invigorate the franchise for years, and the Commissioner will cancel the deal in favor of a small-market team that nobody cares about.

  10. muhangis - Jul 1, 2014 at 5:05 PM

    Lakers… ya better do it!

  11. skins26portis - Jul 1, 2014 at 6:43 PM

    Kings better resign Thomas, because he is the heart and soul of this team. I like Ray McCullum coming off the bench to back up Thomas. If I had to make any move it would be to trade Jason Thompson , Derrick Willams or Ben McLemore to free up cap space to resign Thomas. You got to get it done Sac. If the Kings don’t resign Thomas I rather see him go win a ring with the Heat. The Lakers blow.

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