When the Sacramento Kings decided to sign Darren Collison, many assumed that was the end of Isaiah Thomas’s tenure in the California capital. However, the Kings had been attempting to acquire an additional point guard for quite some time in effort to bolster their rotation.
Yes, the Sacramento Kings have a hefty payroll with a team that may struggle to win 30-games, but that doesn’t mean they’re going to let Isaiah Thomas walk for free as according to general manager Pete D’Alessandro, the two sides have continued talks about a potential contract extension.
“We’re still having conversations with Isaiah Thomas’ agent and will continue to do so,” said D’Alessandro. “We’ll see where those conversations take us. With us, we’re looking at the big picture. So we’re putting our plan together, assessing what the best chemistry is and working toward long-term sustainability. It’s a puzzle. Every team is trying to put together the right pieces.”
Thomas has on more than one occasion stated that he wants to remain with the Kings so the relationship between the two doesn’t seem nearly as bad as many make it out to be.
A restricted free agent, the Kings have the right to match any contract that he is presented, though he’s likely waiting for the Los Angeles Lakers (mutual interest) to get word on the status of Carmelo Anthony before he signs an offer sheet with an opposing team.
The Detroit Pistons have also expressed interest in Thomas and are said to be open to a sign-and-trade scenario.