Isaiah Thomas doesn't have a ton of control over where he ends up this offseason, but the diminutive point guard can force the Sacramento Kings' hand by signing an early offer sheet that forces his old team to at least consider letting him go elsewhere.
After all, there's been quite a bit of interest in Thomas despite the still-young nature of the offseason.
The Kings point guard is three years removed from emerging as Mr. Irrelevant in the 2011 NBA draft, and he's coming off a stellar season in which he averaged 20.3 points, 2.9 rebounds and 6.3 assists per game, becoming one of the Association's more underrated floor generals in the process.
Thomas is undoubtedly a score-first 1-guard, but he's coming into his own on the defensive end, starting to look like an adequate defender even if his size will prevent him from ever becoming a true stopper. Between that, those scoring skills and his distributing, is it any wonder he's drawing so much attention?
"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," explains Aaron Bruski of NBCSports.com. "Talks with teams in playoff contention have started in the $6-7 million per-year range."
When you include the Kings, who can match any offer sheet Thomas signs by exercising their right of first refusal, that's six teams. The Boston Celtics make it seven, per ESPN.com's Brian Windhorst.
Even for a rising point guard such as Thomas, not all options are going to be appealing. Some destinations stand out above the others.