The free agency period begins Monday night and the Kings' big free agent, Isaiah Thomas, is garnering interest from several teams.
League sources tell PBT that Isaiah Thomas is drawing interest from the Pistons, Mavs, Lakers, Heat and Suns.— Aaron Bruski (@aaronbruski) July 1, 2014
Pistons have showed the most interest so far, talks have started in the 3/24M range. Other talks ranging from $6-7M per year.— Aaron Bruski (@aaronbruski) July 1, 2014
The Kings have extended a qualifying offer to Thomas already, which means he is restricted and they can match any offer these teams would draw up. Reports today indicated that Thomas hasn't scheduled any meetings with teams yet, including the Kings.
Jason Jones of The Sacramento Bee, also reported that the Kings aren't going to jump right into free agency as it begins.
"Kings general manager Pete D’Alessandro prefers to take a pragmatic approach to this time of year. Unless there is a marquee player available the Kings might be able to secure early in the free agency process, D’Alessandro likes to see how the market takes shape after the maximum-contract players have committed to deals."
Things are about to get pretty interesting as we wait and see what types of offers Thomas ends up getting and how the Kings react.
Apparently, the Boston Celtics are interested in Thomas too.
The Boston Celtics were first team to call restricted free agent Isaiah Thomas when free agency started, per source. Danny Ainge called.— Alex Kennedy (@AlexKennedyNBA) July 1, 2014