Isaiah Thomas had an outstanding 2013-14 season with the Sacramento Kings. Despite being just 5’9″, the 25-year-old averaged 20.3 points, 6.3 assists, 2.9 rebounds per game and posted an excellent 20.54 PER.
As a reward for such an excellent play, the free agent Thomas is being pursued by five teams, including some of the premier franchises in the NBA, according to Eli Friedman of thunderousintentions.com
Isaiah Thomas told me he has been in contact with the Lakers, Mavs, Suns, Heat, and Pistons. He said that is his list of teams.
— Eli J. Friedman (@Eli_NBAOKC) July 9, 2014
The Kings are no longer an option after the team offered Thomas a below market value contract, and subsequently signed Darren Collison.
From the Sacramento Bee:
The Kings were willing to offer $5 million to $6 million per year for four seasons –- with the idea of Thomas as a super sub. But they were unwilling to match the $8 million to $9 million he reportedly was seeking and confident he would attract, given the four-year, $32 million contract Avery Bradley agreed to with the Boston Celtics and the three-year, $19.5 million deal Jodie Meeks reached with the Detroit Pistons.
One of the aforementioned teams should be willing to give Thomas a more lucrative contract than the one Sacramento offered. The undersized guard’s numbers last season are on par with Cleveland Cavaliers’ point guard Kyrie Irving, and he just secured a $90 million contract extension.
Wherever Thomas lands, he’s poised to be a sizable asset, as he’s one of the better young talents in the league today.
Thomas was the last pick in the 2011 NBA draft out of Washington.