Storyline: Marcus Thornton Free Agency

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Marcus Thornton was disappointed that no team claimed Beno Udrih’s contract because he wanted to join the Heat and the Heat was very interested. To avoid paying the tax, Miami now must wait until April 6 to sign a player — and there would be mutual interest with Thornton if he’s available then. But Thornton wants a job sooner, ideally. The other open roster spot could be filled with a developmental prospect on the final day of the season. The Heat explored other ways to try to create more room under the tax threshold but found nothing that was realistic.

Thornton appreciates the fact the Rockets waived him in time for him to sign with another team and still be eligible for postseason play. “Very important, very important,” Thornton said. “That was kind of the main thing that I wanted, if we were going to go in that direction, it would be now. So I can go sign with a contending team that I know I can help.” Thornton returned to the Rockets after his trade to the Detroit Pistons was rescinded because of medical issues concerning Donatas Motiejunas.
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November 17, 2017 | 10:03 pm EST Update