Perhaps the most exciting and electrifying free agent on the market this summer, Isaiah Thomas may be looking to make a move from his current team the Sacramento Kings. Sacramento has the ability to make Thomas a qualifying offer which would make him a restricted free agent, meaning he team will can match any offer Thomas receives. The Los Angeles Lakers will likely inquire about Thomas’ services, and the two sides may actually have mutual interest.
According to Alex Kennedy of Basketball Insiders, when Thomas was asked about receiving an offer from the Lakers he responded by stating, “It would mean a lot.” Thomas notably grew up as a diehard Lakers fan, especially Kobe Bryant. Playing for Los Angeles is a dream of many players around the league, but often times a deal is difficult to agree upon. In Thomas’ case, being such a young player with a tremendous upside prying him away from Sacramento will be next to impossible. To complete this task the Lakers would have to substantially overpay Thomas which is not exactly the ideal way to begin a rebuilding process. We cannot forget the fact that Los Angeles was willing to pay an ancient Steve Nash nearly $10 million annually, so anything is possible. Nash’s deal does expire after next season, which could be a major factor if GM Mitch Kupchak decides to propose an offer sheet to Thomas’ party in July.
Hypothetically speaking, if Sacramento is willing to allow Thomas to walk this offseason, Los Angeles must pursue him hoping he takes a discount in order to become a Laker. The point guard position has been an ongoing issue for the Lakers, so adding Thomas into the mix could be a viable solution offensively at least. Being such a small player, defending opposing guards comes as an extremely difficult task. However, if coached correctly Thomas could use his size as an advantage much as fellow little-man Nate Robinson has throughout his career.
If Thomas can develop a knack for creating for his teammates as well, he can potentially reach the elite point guard status. The 20 points per game Thomas averaged last season suggests how gifted he truly is and deserving of a long-term deal. Whether he comes off the bench or starts, Th0mas will certainly be welcome as a member of the Lakers.