Sacramento Kings’ point guard Isaiah Thomas is set to enter restricted free agency.
Thomas would like to remain with the Kings, but is keeping an open mind. Should he receive a big enough offer, the Kings may not match and he could be moving on.
According to Sam Amick of The USA Today, Thomas’ value is between $4 and $6 million.
Sacramento Kings point guard Isaiah Thomas, to focus on one such player, may find himself in this sort of situation. The 25-year-old is coming off a career year (20.3 points, 6.3 assists and 1.3 steals per game), and the Kings — who issued a qualifying offer of $1.1 million Wednesday to officially make him a restricted free agent — certainly want to keep him (though there’s some disagreement between the two sides about whether he’s best used as a starter or a super sixth man).
But unless Thomas can find a suitor who’s willing to pay him so much that they can spend those three days confident that the Kings will let him walk or if a sign-and-trade possibility arises that could be seen by the Kings as a win-win, he may very well find himself staying put on a deal far below the one he may have envisioned. One person with knowledge of this situation estimates his market value at between $4 million and $6 million per season. The person spoke on the condition of anonymity because of the private nature of the matter.
Thomas averaged 20.3 points, 6.3 assists, 2.9 rebounds and 1.3 steals per game last season while shooting 45.3% from the field, 34.9% from beyond the arc and 85.0% from the free throw line.