Alex Kennedy: The Portland Trail Blazers are working out free agents Rodney Stuckey, John Jenkins, Xavier Silas, Marcus Thornton (LSU) and Jarrod Uthoff among others in a mini camp this week. Last week, they worked out KJ McDaniels, Casper Ware, Kadeem Jack, Isaiah Cousins and Kyle Randall.
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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.
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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The Warriors have no such expectations with Cousins. Next summer — assuming they bring back either Klay Thompson, Durant or both, which would cap them out — they can only give Cousins a 20-percent raise, which jumps him from $5.3 million to around $6.4 million. If he returns healthy and looks like even 80 percent of the player he was before last January’s Achilles tear — an outcome both the player and team desire — Cousins will command way more than that max Warriors number, likely in the high teens per year. And he won’t be in the discount mood, understandably, considering all the money he lost out on this summer.
Could Luol Deng be a stopgap as a small center after sitting out most of last season? The executive said Deng is all but semi-retired. He may never play again in the NBA unless he has a change of heart.
The Cavaliers waived veteran center Kendrick Perkins Tuesday so he could be free to pursue training camp deals, a source told cleveland.com. Perkins, 33, was signed by the Cavs on the final day of the regular season so he could be on their playoff roster. But Cleveland gave him a non-guaranteed, $2.4 million contract for this coming season with the hope it could be used as part of a trade.
The Knicks’ decision to waive small forward Troy Williams on Monday has provided undrafted Arizona guard Allonzo Trier a puncher’s chance at making the 15-man roster following his solid — if overlooked — summer-league performance. Trier is on a two-way G-League contract, allowing him to be on the Knicks’ roster for a maximum of 45 days, with the clock stopping in early April.
He was like us. Not “us” in the old, non-athlete kind of way but in a bigger “us” context. An “us” we could all aspire to and appreciate. He is, as much as possible, normal. He isn’t egotistical or at all self-centred. He put team and others ahead of himself. I don’t remember a lot of “I” conversations or “me” conversations; it was generally “us” and “we” and the team. Admirable. I will fully admit to having a fondness for the young man that transcended an appreciation for his estimable basketball skills.
I liked that he talked to us about his feelings and his life, his kids and his dad’s health issues and, yeah, his battles with demons far too many people suffer with in silence. And the overwhelming sense I got from reading missives on social media yesterday and talking to friends and loved ones was that those were traits you appreciated, too. Normalcy.