HoopsHype Marcus Thornton rumors

February 5, 2014 Updates

The Kings continue to be active in trade talks. The two most mentioned names are guards Marcus Thornton and Jimmer Fredette. Combined they become an interesting salary cap value that could return a major salary player. The problem is there does not seem to be a whole lot of interest in either player. The Kings have been linked to Denver in an Andre Miller-Jimmer Fredette swap and that may still go down as Denver gets closer to the deadline. The Kings already triggered a major move to get forward Rudy Gay from Toronto and it seems that they are continuing to try and add meaningful players to the roster. The Kings have no shortage of interesting trade chips, the question is what can they truly get done at the deadline. Basketball Insiders

February 4, 2014 Updates

Nevertheless, I'm told the Kings are looking to buy good players, not sell them. But the Kings don't have a lot of assets that people covet at the moment. Marcus Thornton, Jason Thompson, Jimmer Fredette and Carl Landry would all be available for teams making a run at the playoffs, but no one is beating down the doors for those guys. ESPN.com

January 24, 2014 Updates

Steve Kyler: .@GetBucketzz24_7: what are your thoughts on a possible marcus thornton for omer asik trade? ---> I know Sacramento wants to move Marcus Twitter @stevekylerNBA

January 8, 2014 Updates

The Kings have offered Marcus Thornton and a future second-round pick as the framework of a deal for Miller, and have presented a package including Jimmer Fredette and a future second as an alternative, two people familiar with the scenarios said Wednesday. Those people familiar with the terms of those offers did not know the third scenario presented by Sacramento, but executives gathered here for the D-League Showcase surmised that it likely involves forward Jason Thompson. Executives scouting the development league event suspect that the Kings are now showcasing Thornton, who has moved ahead of first-round pick Ben McLemore in Sacramento's starting lineup. The Kings would have to furnish another player in a potential deal involving Fredette to make the trade work under NBA rules. CBSSports.com

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Coach Keith Smart asked his leading scorer last season, Marcus Thornton, to go from a starter to a reserve. Thornton has struggled to adjust to the role, while Smart has tried to figure out the best way to work Thornton into games. "It's still hard for him," Smart said. "I give him 100 percent credit because the young man has done everything I've wanted him to do, and I know it's hard for him. But I have to look at what can be best for our basketball team going forward." Sacramento Bee

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Sounds as if Keith Smart's hope his team would bond in the offseason is happening. Ten of the players on the roster are in Sacramento working out and playing 5-on-5. The only players that could not be in town are John Salmons, James Johnson, Chuck Hayes and Francisco Garcia. It's important that young nucleus that the franchise is depending on (DeMarcus Cousins, Tyreke Evans and Marcus Thornton) is in town. Also have to like that new PG Aaron Brooks is getting to know his new teammates. Definitely a step in the right direction and something that's needed to build team chemistry. Sulia

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Before their current three-game win streak, the Kings had lost three in a row and guard Marcus Thornton was playing some of his worst basketball. Coincidentally, the trade deadline was just around the corner and the Kings guard thought he was on the block. “I remember coming in trade deadline day,” said coach Smart to media following practice. “He said coach, ‘What time is it?’. And I said ’12:30′. He said, ‘What time is it out east?’ I said ‘Is that what this is all about? Is that what you had been thinking for over a week?’” Cowbell Kingdom

Before the deadline, Thornton averaged just 10 points and shot 31.2 percent from beyond the arc in the Kings’ three-game skid. Since then, he’s scored 30 or more points and shot above 50 percent from deep in two of the Kings’ last three games. “It was just trade deadline,” said Thornton, who added that a cold contributed to his poor play last week. “Everybody gets cautious at the trade deadline. It was on everybody’s mind. But that’s over with. It’s a new week, new day, glad to be a King.” Cowbell Kingdom

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