clock menu more-arrow no yes mobile

Filed under:

NBA free agency: Golden State Warriors interested in restricted free agent Isaiah Thomas

The Warriors have reportedly expressed interest in Kings restricted free agent Isaiah Thomas early in the NBA's free agency period. Actually landing him might be difficult.

Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports

The Golden State Warriors are reportedly among six teams pursuing restricted free agent Isaiah Thomas of the Sacramento Kings.

Tom Ziller of SB Nation summarized what Thomas brings to the table well in his free agent rankings, while placing Thomas 14th in the hierarchy of 2014 free agents.

Statistically, the 25-year-old Thomas is one of the league's best point guards. He averaged 20 points and six assists per game in 2013-14 and has put up a True Shooting of .574 in each of his three seasons despite an ever-growing usage rate. But he's 5'9 and has some serious defensive deficiencies (despite being rather strong and, of course, quick). The size issue alone with limit his salary somewhat -- the league's mighty mites don't get max deals.

Although Thomas is a talented young guard whose TS% would've been the second-highest among Warriors perimeter players last season, there doesn't even seem to be much point in going deeply into discussing fit here: with that many suitors for a restricted free agent, it's hard to imagine the Warriors winning the right to his services.

Aside from being a team with limited cap room, it seems unlikely that the Warriors would end up making a) the best offer (in terms of salary and/or playing time) and b) an offer that the Kings wouldn't match. Using the handy chart provided by SB Nation's Utah Jazz site SLC Dunk with the 10 teams with the most cap space this offseason, five of those are pursuing Thomas.

For more on the Warriors' options in free agency, check out our free agency primer.

Sign up for the newsletter Sign up for the Golden State of Mind Daily Roundup newsletter!

A daily roundup of Golden State Warriors news from Golden State of Mind