Mar 15, 2014; Chicago, IL, USA; Sacramento Kings guard Isaiah Thomas (22) reacts after scoring against the Chicago Bulls at the United Center. The Bulls won 94-87. Mandatory Credit: Matt Marton-USA TODAY Sports

Sacramento Kings extend qualifying offer to Isaiah Thomas

The Sacramento Kings have extended a qualifying offer to restricted free agent point guard Isaiah Thomas today. This is the first step in potentially bringing Isaiah Thomas back to Sacramento.

Isaiah Thomas is now officially a restricted free agent. Starting July 1st other NBA teams will be able to sign Isaiah Thomas to offer sheets.The Sacramento Kings will have the chance to match any deal proposed to him.

The Kings have said they would be willing to bring Thomas back for 6 million dollars per season.

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This number seems a bit low and may be a ploy to keep the offers for Thomas to come in at a more manageable number. The Kings would likely match anything up to 8 million dollars in my estimation. They may go above that but only if they are trying to facilitate a sign and trade. Thomas has been linked to a potential deal involving Rajon Rondo.

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