David Pick: Veteran guard Marcus Thornton is leaving the G-League’s Grand Rapids Drive to sign overseas with the Beijing Ducks in China, I’ve been told. He’s played in 483 NBA games with NO, SAC, BRK, BOS, PHX, HOU, WAS since 2009.
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Source: Longtime NBA guard Marcus Thornton is being bought out of his G-League deal and signing in China with the Beijing Ducks. Aaron Jackson, hurt his collarbone, is out for season.
Darren Wolfson: FAs Nate Robinson, Shawne Williams, and Marcus Thornton were in for looks w/ the #Twolves today. @John Meyer first on Robinson note.
Darren Wolfson: FA Marcus Thornton among a few players working out for #Twolves today, I hear. Also: buzz on slightly growing optimism on retaining Shabazz.
Mark Murphy: C’s renounced stash player Marcus Thornton’s contract today at his request. Would like to play for another summer league team.
Marc Stein: Marcus Thornton and Terrence Jones have also cleared waivers and are now free agents, according to league sources
Adrian Wojnarowski: The Brooklyn Nets plan to waive Marcus Thornton, league sources tell @The Vertical. Thornton was part of trade with Washington today.
Ira Winderman: Has often been linked to Heat over the years, and a roster spot eventually will open when Bosh is waived. – RT: Adrian Wojnarowski: The Brooklyn Nets plan to waive Marcus Thornton, league sources tell @The Vertical. Thornton was part of trade with Washington today.
David Aldridge: A bit of a surprise, but Marcus Thornton back to the Wizards for the veteran minimum. – RT: Priority Sports: A huge congratulations to Marcus Thornton on re-signing with the @WashWizards!
Michael Scotto: Washington Wizards and free agent guard Marcus Thornton have agreed to a one-year, $1.3 million deal, per league source. Deal is guaranteed.
Washington Wizards President Ernie Grunfeld announced today that the team has signed guard Marcus Thornton and waived guard Gary Neal. “Marcus brings experience and shooting to our backcourt and helps us fill a void caused by Gary’s injury with another veteran player,” said Grunfeld. “His skill set will allow him to fit right in to our system and give our offense another option.”
Shams Charania: The Wizards and free agent Marcus Thornton have reached agreement on a deal for the rest of the season, league sources tell The Vertical.
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.
Miami has also held discussions with free-agent guard Marcus Thornton and could pursue a third point guard behind Goran Dragic and Josh Richardson, sources said.
Calvin Watkins: Marcus Thornton has cleared waivers. Thornton hasn’t finalized any deals just yet.
Marc Stein: ESPN sources say Marcus Thornton has cleared waivers
Barry Jackson: Heat to keep looking even beyond Joe Johnson. There is interest in Marcus Thornton (cut today). He’s in no rush but will have several options.
Houston Rockets General Manager Daryl Morey announced today that the team has waived guard Marcus Thornton.
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.
Mark Berman: The agent for guard/forward Marcus Thornton, Tony Dutt, said the Rockets waive Thornton: “They’ll waive him today. He’ll clear waivers on Sunday. We feel like, and I think they did too, that there’s going to be several teams trying to get him once he clears. Somebody could still pick him up:’
Mark Berman: Marcus Thornton’s agent, Tony Dutt, said the Rockets will waive his client: “He wants to win. He wants to be in a place where he can play. I think he got an opportunity here, and I think in the time that he had here he showed what he can do. He just needs to get more minutes. For whatever reason they don’t feel like he’s going to get those here.”
Mark Berman: Marcus Thornton: “I felt like this would be a good place for me to thrive. Somewhere along the way things went left. I don’t know what happened. Now it’s about finding somewhere I can play and be the best player I know I can be, and live up to my potential.”
Mark Berman: Marcus Thornton to be waived by #Rockets: “I just need the opportunity. I won’t stop searching until I find that place that I can thrive in”
Thornton will sign a one-year deal at the veteran’s minimum, a person with knowledge of the deal said. That will leave the Rockets’ full mid-level exception available. “The Rockets were the right choice because of their style of play – up tempo,” Thornton said. “That’s when I’m at my best. And they are a playoff team that is always competing for a title year in and year out and that’s what I want to do. Win on the biggest stage.”
Mark Berman: NBA sources: free agent guard Marcus Thornton agrees to 1-year deal with the Rockets
Marc J. Spears: Rockets signing free agent guard Marcus Thornton to a one-year minimum deal, agent Tony Dutt tells Yahoo.
The Heat might make an offer to guard Marcus Thornton, who visited Friday, but first wants to see if it can trade a player or two (Mario Chalmers among them). Responding to Heat fans on Twitter who said they hope he joins the Heat, Thornton tweeted Saturday: “When they offer, I will appreciate all the [love], though.”
Barry Jackson: Marcus Thornton visits Heat Friday; scheduled to fly in tonight. So how could Heat find minutes for Green and Thornton? Here’s one way: Play Wade at PG when Dragic resting. So bench rotation could be Green, Winslow, Thornton, McRoberts, Amar’e. Gets your best 10 on court. That’s if Chalmers and Birdman are traded to thin roster (which would be overloaded) and to reduce tax bill.
As the Heat tonight pursues a long shot bid for free agent star forward LaMarcus Aldridge (which would very likely require a sign-and-trade), the Heat has reached out to a few skilled veteran three-point shooters, including Marco Bellinelli and Marcus Thornton, according to a Heat source. Other teams also are interested in Williams, who averaged 15.5 points last season, and I have no indication of any ongoing sign-and-trade discussions on this front.
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March 24, 2018 | 5:26 am EDT Update
Think about it. It’s fair to wonder if the Jazz even wanted to win. Put yourself in Dennis Lindsey’s shoes. The Jazz GM has a solid team, a frontline center and an exciting rookie to build around. But he needs another star. The top of the draft looks chock full of them. So maybe, with your team stinking up the joint in January, you sit Gobert a few more weeks and join the race to the bottom. Earlier this week, I asked Jazz coach Quin Snyder if he ever had those conversations. “Never,” Snyder said. “That’s just not how we do things. There was never any kind of suggestion of that. In the larger picture, we’re finding out who we are. This experience right now, having to compete for a spot, there is value in that. Things might happen — you can’t take anything for granted. The result ultimately isn’t the only reflection of where you are. The goal for me is to continue to improve. Not X wins, or how many in a row, but how can we keep getting better. It’s how we started the beginning of the year. It’s how we are now. We aren’t overthinking it.”
“He pays attention to every detail,” Mitchell told Yahoo Sports. “Every little thing. Even at shootaround, if we’re walking through a play, if you’re standing in the wrong spot, he’ll yell at you, he’ll let you know so you are always locked in. That plays a part in development. When you are locked in all the time, you form habits.”
Tom Orsborn: Manu on winning six straight: “Unexpected to tell you the truth. Not that we aren’t optimistic,. But we were a little demoralized, a little down…But we can’t be satisfied. We have to go on the road and keep improving.”
“One thing when you’ve got a bunch of young guys is they don’t understand what it takes to survive in this league,” Bickerstaff said. “If you want to make it there’s a matter of bounce-back, a matter of pride, a matter of mental toughness that you have to show on every given night and every opportunity you get. What happened tonight… there’s no defending the way we played.
Bickerstaff nor Gasol were in the locker room when it opened for media after the game. Perhaps that was a good thing because several Grizzlies players didn’t appear to take the loss hard given the amount of laughter and joking between them.
Curry was not made available to reporters postgame. He wasn’t anywhere in sight once the locker room opened. After his first two ankle injuries, he talked to reporters. After all three that happened in-game this season, he was in the locker room, which gave an early sense of how he was feeling and moving, a peek at Stage 1 of the treatment. But this injury is different, it’s likely more severe and, for the first time during this recent rash of freak accidents to all their main guys, the return timeline is threatening to bleed into the postseason.