Isaiah Thomas PG PHO 19 Days

Restricted free agent Isaiah Thomas' preferred teams are the Lakers, Heat and Pistons, according to Vincent Goodwill of the Detroit News.

He grew up a Lakers' fan and they are considered as his favorite. The Kings don't seem like they're going bring Thomas back after coming to terms with Darren Collison today, so other teams have an excellent chance to pounce. For whatever reason, the Sacramento front office was never really all the way behind IT2.

Isaiah Thomas PG PHO 21 Days

The Detroit Pistons have reportedly offered restricted free agent Isaiah Thomas a 3-year contract worth $24 million.

Thomas is a restricted free agent, so the Kings will have a chance to match the Pistons' offer, but there have also been rumblings that Sacramento views Thomas as more of a sixth man so it's possible they deem this offer too rich for their liking. It will be interesting to see if Detroit can unload Brandon Jennings if they are able to land Thomas, IT2 would become an interesting fantasy option if he ends up starting alongside Josh Smith, Andre Drummond, and potentially Greg Monroe.

Isaiah Thomas PG PHO 21 Days

The Pistons, Mavs, Heat, Lakers and Suns have interest in restricted free agent Isaiah Thomas.

The Pistons have the most interest so far and numbers have started in the three-year, $24 million range. For contending teams the per-year numbers have started around $6-7 million per year. The Kings have yet to fully play their hand on how they intend to handle Thomas in free agency, so we have a while to see how this plays out.

Isaiah Thomas PG PHO 28 Days

The Kings will make Isaiah Thomas a qualifying offer worth $1.1 million to make him a restricted free agent, according to general manager Pete D'Alessandro.

The qualifying offer will allow the Kings to match any offer that Thomas receives in free agency and give them team some flexibility to keep Thomas in the fold with Rudy Gay and DeMarcus Cousins as long as Thomas doesn't receive an offer they're unwilling to match. "We loved what our three guys did last [season]," D'Alessandro said. "We feel very strongly about Isaiah. What I can say is obviously we'll give him his qualifying offer and we'll have very good discussions with his agent at the appropriate time, but we feel good about the three of those guys." The Kings have also been rumored to be interested in drafting Marcus Smart, so there is a chance that Thomas becomes a trade chip over the next few weeks.

Isaiah Thomas PG PHO 29 Days

Kings' GM Pete D'Alessandro said he plans to speak with Isaiah Thomas' agent on Monday, and there is "no question" the team will make a qualifying offer.

This move is more of a formality than anything, as it's the first step to making a player a restricted free agent. Isaiah had quite the breakout season last year, averaging 20.3 points, 6.3 assists, 1.3 steals, and 1.8 three-pointers, on 45.3 percent shooting from the field, all career-highs. Thomas will certainly fetch some offers on the open market, and it will be up to the Kings to decide whether or not to match those offers. But with the Kings' currently having $66 million on the books for next season, it's possible they let their promising young guard walk, and turn there eyes towards Ray McCallum.

Isaiah Thomas PG PHO 1 Month

The Kings' front office is reportedly split on whether or not to move forward with Isiah Thomas as their point guard.

This decision seems to be more about money than basketball skill as the Kings are a bit strapped from a financial standpoint. The Kings currently have over $47 million in guaranteed contracts, and if Rudy Gay decides to opt in to the final year of his contract worth $19.1 million, that will bring the Kings to over $66 million. With the salary cap set to be somewhere around $63-$65 million, if Thomas signs a deal for around $8 million annually, the Kings will be a team in the luxury tax and not necessarily a playoff contender. That's a lot of money to be spending to not make the playoffs, and it's possible the Kings choose to sign-and-trade Thomas and go with Ray McCallum as their starting point guard.

Isaiah Thomas PG PHO 2 Months

Isaiah Thomas said he thinks coach Mike Malone is in his corner to keep him with the Kings next season.

He added Malone has been talking to him "almost every day" to talk about games and the draft. Thomas is a restricted free agent and it sounds like the Kings will bring him back. Although, Ray McCallum did play well down the stretch and the Kings do own the eighth pick, so they have a couple backup options.

Isaiah Thomas PG PHO 3 Months

Kings GM Pete D'Alessandro confirmed that Sacramento will extend Isaiah Thomas a qualifying offer to make him a restricted free agent this summer.

The qualifying offer is a formality and Thomas has said that he prefers to re-sign with the Kings, but a massive offer sheet from another team could change the equation. The Kings may also be willing to put their eggs into Ray McCallum's basket at point guard, for better or worse, and Thomas will be one of the most coveted PGs in free agency along with (unrestricted) Kyle Lowry and (restricted) Eric Bledsoe. Thomas had a breakout fantasy campaign this season, posting averages of 20.3 points, 6.3 assists on 45.3 percent shooting.

Isaiah Thomas PG PHO 3 Months

Restricted free agent Isaiah Thomas said he would prefer to stay with the Kings.

Isaiah Thomas PG PHO 3 Months

Isaiah Thomas (quad) made a surprising return to action on Sunday, starting at PG and finishing with 14 points on 6-of-13 shooting, three rebounds and four assists in 30 minutes.

Thomas had been targeting a return on Wednesday but he felt good during pre-game warmups and decided to suit up with the training staff's blessing. He looked great in the first quarter and the only real problem seemed to be his conditioning, so he should be fine for Wednesday's season finale.