HoopsHype Marcus Thornton rumors

December 8, 2011 Updates

The Kings are determined to bring back Thornton and will likely do so, even as his agent, Tony Dutt, told SI.com this week that Thornton's former team, New Orleans, is among "four or five" interested clubs. SI.com

Although former LSU guard Marcus Thornton’s struggles’ in Hornets Coach Monty Williams’ system last season ultimately led to him being traded to Sacramento, New Orleans General Manager Dell Demps apparently is interested in giving Thornton another shot. Thornton’s agent, Tony Dutt, said he has had discussions this week with Demps, along with four other teams, including the Kings. Thornton is a restricted free agent, and Sacramento can match any offer he receives. Free agents can sign contracts beginning Friday. The Hornets traded Thornton, a fan favorite, last February to acquire forward Carl Landry, who is a free agent. The organization wasn’t pleased with Thornton’s development. Coach Monty Williams, who was in his first year with the team last year, said they had too many wing players, including Marco Belinelli and Willie Green, who are both free agents. ``I’m just ready to play,’’ Thornton said. ``I have worked on a lot of things that will make me better as a player.’’ New Orleans Times-Picayune

The Hornets are not likely to make a serious push to sign Thornton if they re-sign Belinelli or Green, sources said. It also would be unlikely they would aggressively pursue Thornton if the Hornets acquired an elite shooting guard in a trade involving All-Star point guard Chris Paul. The Hornets have only five players under contract with training camp is set to begin Friday at the Alario Center — Paul and backup point guard Jarrett Jack, forwards Trevor Ariza and Quincy Pondexter, and center Emeka Okafor, . ``It would not be a shock if Marcus came back here,’’ Pondexter, who is in his second year, said. ``I know that he’s from this area and was great at times when he was here. I think it’s a great possibility that it does happen. If he wants to play for us, we’re all going to welcome him back.’’ New Orleans Times-Picayune

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Jason Jones: Tony Dutt, agent for M. Thornton says he's had good dialogue with Kings. Also reps T Honeycutt expects his deal done in time 2 practice 12/9 Twitter

The Suns were interested in restricted free agent Marcus Thornton, a 24-year-old shooting guard who averaged 21.3 points in 27 games last season after being traded from New Orleans to Sacramento. However, the Kings need to spend at least $16 million to get to the new minimum salary cap and made Thornton a priority. Phoenix also has to weigh whether a weak defender helps their emphasis on defensive improvement. Arizona Republic

Sam Amick: Agent for Kings restricted free agent guard M. Thornton, Tony Dutt, says New Orleans is among four or five teams with significant interest. Twitter

Sam Amick: Kings have said it's a major priority to retain Thornton, and he wants to stay, but we'll see how big those offer sheets get. Twitter

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By then, the Kings will have had time to use the $25 million to $30 million under their salary cap to add to the roster, which would include re-signing Thornton and signing their three draft picks. But until Thornton actually can speak with the Kings, he remains in limbo. "I really don't know where I'm going to be until I have something in writing," Thornton said. "I'm going to keep my options open. This free-agency thing is going to go fast." Sacramento Bee

November 19, 2011 Updates

Marcus Thornton figures to be one of the top free agent options when the NBA resumes business. But the lockout, 140 days and counting, has kept his big payday on hold. So like the rest of us, he waits. “I wasn’t expecting for it to go this long,” Thornton said over the phone from Louisiana of the league work stoppage. “I’m just sitting back and waiting until everything is done and see what happens then.” Thornton has been closely watching the labor negotiations between the owners and players. Before the players union opted to disclaim interest in decertification, he carefully examined the offer on the table. But perhaps like most of the NBA’s 400-some players, Thornton admittedly has needed help understanding and comprehending the nuances of the proposed CBA deals. “The older players are educating me,” the 24-year-old guard said. ”My agent is educating me on it.” Cowbellkingdom.com

November 15, 2011 Updates

Thornton turned down an opportunity to play in Israel, hoping the lockout would be resolved, but said he doesn't regret the decision. "We may not have a season, so it's tough," Thornton said. "Besides the money and everything, you're a ballplayer. So for that to be taken away is tough." Sacramento Bee

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