Although he’s technically a free agent, it doesn’t appear as if pint-sized point guard Isaiah Thomas will be leaving the Sacramento Kings unless a team decides to significantly overpay for his services.
According to Jason Jones of the Sacramento Bee, the Kings plan to match any reasonable offer for Thomas which Jones hears would be in the $6 million dollars per year range.
Of course, if that number seems a little low, that’s likely because it is. The Kings don’t want to place their cards on the table so they’ll set the bar somewhat low and hope that an opposing team, seeing they’re willing to only commit $6 million per year will attempt to supplant them by beating their offer, possibly offering $7 million. That gives the Kings plenty of wiggle room to retain Thomas on a deal they’re comfortable with.
I don’t see the Kings going any higher than $8 million per season for Thomas, but I don’t see any other team doing that either, so I think the Kings are playing this smart and putting themselves in a good position to retain Thomas.
If a team wants to set the market for him, they’ll allow it and then be in a position to match the contract. And if teams balk at the opportunity given they believe the Kings will match, it gives Thomas and Sacramento plenty of time to work out their own contract extension.
Needless to say, cash-strapped or not, the Kings appear likely to retain Isaiah Thomas unless a team significantly overpays.