Well, here's a name I didn't think would be available. What do y'all think? We got some nice future first rounders that might be appealing to NO.
"You wouldn't have expected to see [Marcus] Thornton's name on this list. Not after the second-rounder averaged 14.5 points per game last season as one of the league's breakout rookies.
But Thornton is averaging just 14.8 minutes under new Hornets coach Monty Williams. He's not playing poorly, mind you, but playing time continues to be scarce thanks to three recent additions to the Hornets' backcourt: Marco Belinelli, Willie Green and Jerryd Bayless. Thornton, it appears, is the odd man out.
The Hornets aren't eager to part with the 23-year-old, but word is they are prepared to do so if a suitable offer materializes. One problem, though, is that Thornton on his own can't bring much back in return since he's making only $762,195 this season. The flip side: Thornton will undoubtedly appeal to several teams because he produced like a starter as a rook and costs so little."
The details - he's young (just 23), isn't necessarily an iso guy but very good at a lot of things (says DX), and per BBall-Ref is basically producing this year exactly what he did last year - he's just not getting the same minutes. He is shooting fewer threes and taking fewer free throws this year, despite his identical 17 shots per 36.
So what say y'all? Who's watched the Hornets? What's the dish on this guy? Worth exploring as a SG option, or simply not good enough above and beyond what we already have?