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Al Thornton
Al Thornton
Position: None
Born: 12/07/83
Height: 6-7 / 2.01
Weight:220 lbs. / 100.2 kg.
The bigger issue, though, was Thornton’s off-court life. Thornton established himself as a talented scorer, but also established a reputation as a player who was unwilling to work hard and put in the time to improve. He had a maturity problem, too, and teams that considered signing him were worried that his off-court issues were impeding his on-court progress. One general manager told Sporting News that his team had considered signing Thornton but, “There are a lot of red flags, and you just want to see that he’s got all that under control. He is not a bad guy, he just does not have the reputation of a professional.”
But Thornton’s phone did not ring. The Nuggets passed. The Celtics, even after losing swingman Jeff Green to a heart issue, didn’t call. As bad as the Bobcats may have been and as thin as the Knicks were, they did not have a place for Thornton. “It was surprising,” Thornton said. “I thought I would be with a team, safe to say that. It was disappointing. I would expect to be on a team, a team that needs help. But it happened. And what happens, happens.”
This week, the Suns worked out a number of shooting guards and small forwards including Jermaine Taylor, Michael Finley and Al Thornton among others. Yesterday, the Clippers held a workout of their own that was attended by Taylor, Finley and Bobby Simmons. Both teams will continue to evaluate players and weigh their options in the coming weeks.
A source close to James Posey said the Knicks have been in contact with the forward as recently as Monday. The source said Posey has been in talks with a number of teams and, as of Monday night, no deal had been struck. According to a report Monday from the Boston Globe, the Celtics are not interested in re-signing Posey, who was a key piece to their 2008 NBA championship team. Posey was amnestied by the Indiana Pacers and cleared waivers, so he is free to sign with any team. Other Knicks targets of interest may include Al Thornton and Bostjan Nachbar.
6-foot-8 free agent forward Al Thornton is considering signing with the Nuggets, though he said he has 4-5 other teams also interested in his services. NBA gyms are open now to players from any team – for instance, Ty Lawson has been working out at the Wizards facility near his home in the D.C. area – so Thornton worked out at Pepsi Center today, as did Nuggets Andre Miller, Jordan Hamilton, Kosta Koufos and Gary Forbes. Asked if he’ll sign with Denver, Thornton said, “We’ll see. Hopefully. We’ll see.”
Several NBA players from Atlanta are trying to put together a team to take on the other regional squads that have been assembled during the lockout. Josh Smith, Jarrett Jack, Anthony Morrow and Lou Williams have been working out together this summer and are hoping to assemble “Team Atlanta” in the near future. Eligible players would include Dwight Howard, J.J. Hickson, Al Thornton, Jordan Hill, Derrick Favors, Al-Farouq Aminu, Kwame Brown, Josh Powell, Jodie Meeks, Toney Douglas and Jarvis Hayes among others.