The Sacramento Kings knew that when Isaiah Thomas hit the open market in free agency, he’d be in high demand. They might not have known how high of a demand, however, as multiple teams have expressed interest in signing the pint-sized point guard.
One such team are the Detroit Pistons, who according to Steve Kyler, have offered Isaiah Thomas a three-year, $24 million dollar contract. If that sounds like a lot of money, it is.
The rumored price the Kings were said to be interested in giving Thomas was about $6 million a year, so the Pistons likely figured an $8 million dollar annually salary would make the Kings think. I’m guessing it has, especially given the Kings already lofty payroll.
It’s worth nothing, Isaiah Thomas, who has expressed his desire to remain with the Sacramento Kings has not signed the offer sheet so he and the Kings can work out their own deal. However, Detroit’s offer has set the market figure for the former Washington Huskies talent.
If Thomas does end up signing the Pistons offer, the Kings will have a few days to either match the deal and retain their point guard, let him walk for nothing or attempt to complete a sign-and-trade with the Pistons.