The Kings extended a qualifying offer to point guard Isaiah Thomas today, making him a restricted free agent, according to general manager Pete D’Alessandro.
By making the qualifying offer, the Kings can match any contract offer made to Thomas.
Thomas can negotiate a long-term deal with the Kings or sign an offer sheet with another team, which the Kings could match.
Thomas averaged career highs of 20.3 points and 6.3 assists last season. Though Thomas had his best season in 2013-14, the Kings are looking to possibly add another point guard who is more of a passer, which could lead to Thomas playing a reserve role if he’s back next season.
Thomas, a three-year NBA veteran, has averaged 15.3 points, 2.5 rebounds, 4.8 assists and 1.03 steals in 216 games with the Kings since being selected with the 60th and final pick in the 2011 draft.