One of the most pleasant surprises in recent years for the bottom-dwelling Sacramento Kings has been the emergence of point guard Isaiah Thomas as one of the most exciting young players in the NBA and as an offensive force. He finally found his way into the starting lineup this past season, continuing to show his value and chops as a point guard in the league.
However, Thomas is set to see quite the pay increase starting next season as he enters restricted free agency. As the former 60th pick in the draft, Thomas made just under $900,000 last season, a mark that he’s going to eclipse by a wide margin with his next contract. The general consensus up to this point has been that the Kings would like to re-sign Thomas, but things might be a little more complicated than that as of right now.
According to a report from Jake Fischer of the Boston Globe and SLAM, the Kings’ front office is split on what the organization should do with Thomas going forward and said that Sacramento has been in preliminary talks about trades that would include Thomas. Fischer also reported that the Kings sent out a “feeler” offer to the Phoenix Suns for Eric Bledsoe that included Thomas and the eighth pick in the 2014 NBA Draft.
While there doesn’t seem to be anything materializing from the proposed trade with the Suns, the fact that it was thrown out there shows where the Kings are with Thomas. There’s no doubt that the point guard is a fantastic offensive talent, but as Sacramento tries to get out of the cellar of the league, they might be looking to make some big changes around DeMarcus Cousins. Thomas is certainly going to get paid next season, but it might not be by Sacramento.