Free agency has officially started and playoff teams are looking to improve significantly. A player who could be in play for many of those teams is restricted free agent point guard Isaiah Thomas.
According to Aaron Bruski of NBC Sports, several teams are taking a hard look at Isaiah Thomas. Among those teams are the Miami Heat, Dallas Mavericks and Phoenix Suns–a team right on the cusp of making a playoff berth.
The Kings recently extended a qualifying offer to Thomas making him a restricted free agent, and league sources tell PBT that as many as five teams have expressed interest in making an offer to steal away the point guard.
The Pistons, Heat, Lakers, Mavs and Suns have all expressed interest, with the Pistons showing the most interest to date and numbers starting in the three-year, $24 million range. Talks with teams in playoff contention have started in the $6-7 million per-year range.
Thomas, who has been the subject of trade talks over the last two years, is looking for his first big pay day in the league. It’s a well deserved one, too. Thomas averaged just a shade over 20 points and six assists last season while shooting a career high 45% from the field.
Thomas also posted a 57% true shooting mark with a PER of 20.5. He’s no slouch when it comes to the offensive side of the ball. On the defensive end, the Kings were better with him on the floor as opposed to having him off.
Thomas has only earned $1.2 million throughout his NBA career. With the offers that he’s reportedly getting from just playoff teams, he’ll multiply that by at least six. Thomas is represented by agent Andy Miller.