When the free agency class of 2014 is brought up, we hear the same names over and over again – LeBron James, Chris Bosh and Dwyane Wade of the Miami Heat and Carmelo Anthony of the New York Knicks.
Obviously, those are four excellent players, including James, the league’s best player, but there are many other free agents that are perhaps currently flying under the radar.
One of those players is Sacramento Kings’ point guard Isaiah Thomas, who has quietly had an excellent career thus far. The Kings, however, do have control over Thomas. If they extend a qualifying offer to him, he will become a restricted free agent and the Kings can match any offer sheet he signs and keep him in Sacramento.
According to Jonathan Santiago of Cowbell Kingdom, the Kings will indeed extend a qualifying offer to Thomas and he will become a restricted free agent.
Pete D’Alessandro says that the Kings will extend a qualifying offer to Isaiah Thomas, which would officially make him a restricted FA.
— Jonathan Santiago (@itsjonsantiago) April 22, 2014
Thomas averaged 20.3 points, 6.3 assists, 2.9 rebounds and 1.3 steals per game this season.