The Sacramento Bee reports that the Sacramento Kings are only comfortable with an offer that is substantially lower than what Isaiah Thomas wants in restricted free agency for the diminutive speedster. The Kings were willing to offer $5 million to $6 million per year for four seasons –- with the idea of Thomas as a super sub. But they were unwilling to match the $8 million to $9 million he reportedly was seeking and confident he would attract, given the four-year, $32 million contract Avery Bradley agreed to with the Boston Celtics and the three-year, $19.5 million deal Jodie Meeks reached with the Detroit Pistons. via Ailene Voisin: Collison more pass-oriented, cheaper than Thomas - Ailene Voisin - The Sacramento Bee. This is the essential divide. The Kings believe that Thomas, at 5-9, is best used as a sparkplug. Thomas, who has been questioned his entire career, looks at the fact he was the Kings' best player over the past three seasons (arguably, alongside DeMarcus Cousins), averaging 20.3 points and 6.3 assists with a 20.5 PER belongs as a starter. An essential problem with this argument from the Kings' side is that if you want to look at advanced metrics, you would hope to back up your skepticism of Thomas that the team was worse with him on the floor.
Kings' offer for Isaiah Thomas is $3-$4 million below asking price
CBS Sports | Jul 7