HoopsHype Al Thornton rumors

October 29, 2013 Updates

Al Thornton is leaving Xinjiang after a few days, according to Evan Wang. The former NBA player will part ways with the Chinese team due to poor performances. Sportando

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The Zhejiang Lions have signed Al Thornton, who has had an excellent track record in the LA Clippers and Washington Wizards. Sina.com

Last season, Thornton moved into the Puerto Rican basketball league, and succeeded in obtaining 20-plus points in a game, showing excellent form. The 29 year old Thornton is the cousin of Sacramento Kings player Marcus Thornton, who averaged 18.7 ppg and 3.7 rpg. Sina.com

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Adam Morrison, Al Thornton and Julian Wright will get a chance to renew their NBA careers in two weeks when the Nets entry plays in the Orlando Summer League. The three former lottery picks along with Marshon Brooks, Jordan Williams and draft pick Tyshawn Taylor are the big names on the roster, which is not yet complete. NetsDaily

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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.” Sporting News

Thornton’s path from rising star to forgotten free agent, he acknowledges, is largely his own doing. For one thing, he played last year for the Wizards and Warriors while battling a knee injury that he didn’t tell anyone about—he was an impending free agent, after all, and thought he could fight through the pain. “I figured it would just go away,” he said. Sporting News

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.” Sporting News

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Puerto Rican team Brujos de Guayama signed for the season former NBA player Al Thornton. The free agent forward has played last season with Washington and Golden State Warriors scoring 7.4ppg and 3rpg in 71 games. Sportando

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