Sacramento Kings point guard Isaiah Thomas will be entering restricted free agency this season and the fan favorite is certainly to be interest of many teams around the NBA.
Thomas, who’s expressed a desire to remain with the Kings isn’t likely to be let go barring a complete overpay as general manager Pete D’Alessandro stated that the organization ‘thinks the world of him’, this according to Katie Cracchiolo.
“With Isaiah, he’s had an incredible year. He’ll be facing restricted free agency this offseason, and he’s just been so good this year. The way he is with our fans and with his teammates, we just think the world of him.
“Again, this is a business decision that these men have to make in this League, and we’re going to engage Isaiah’s agents as well. We look forward to making this team better.”
Riding in Sacramento’s favor to retain Thomas is his restricted status. Teams will be hesitant to offer up a deal given the knowledge that Sacramento would match any reasonable offer.
It’s within reason to believe the Kings may allow Thomas to find a deal from another team, thus setting his market value, only to match the offer sheet. It’s also believable, given Thomas’ desire to remain with the Kings, the two sides will be able to work out a deal on their own.