Does Collison to Kings mean Thomas to Celtics?

Does Collison to Kings mean Thomas to Celtics?
July 3, 2014, 12:30 pm

One of the players the Celtics had reportedly contacted as NBA free agency began may have just become even more available.

With the Sacramento Kings signing former Clippers point guard Darren Collison to a three-year, $16 million contract, incumbent Kings point guard Isaiah Thomas, a restricted free agent, likely won't have his offer matched by Sacramento. According to multiple reports, Thomas was one of the first players Celtics team president Danny Ainge reached out to after free agency began on July 1.

The Celtics' interest in Thomas - as well as their drafting of Oklahoma State point guard Marcus Smart - further fueled talk of another incumbent point guard, Rajon Rondo, becoming expendable.

Thomas, 25, the 60th pick in the 2011 NBA Draft, has proven to be a very productive point guard in his first three seasons. Last season, he averaged 20.3 points, 6.3 assists and 5.1 rebounds per game.