Tag:Al Thornton
Posted on: March 1, 2011 6:09 pm
Edited on: March 1, 2011 6:37 pm
 

Wizards waive F Al Thornton; Headed to Warriors?

The Washington Wizards announced on Tuesday that they had bought out and waived forward Al Thornton. Posted by Ben Golliver. al-thornton

Just hours before the NBA's buyout deadline, the Washington Wizards announced that they have reached agreement with forward Al Thornton on a buyout and that he was being released. Team president Ernie Grunfeld cited a "logjam" on the wing as the impetus for hte decision.
Washington Wizards President Ernie Grunfeld announced today that the team has waived forward Al Thornton after coming to an agreement on a contract buyout. 
“The additions of Rashard Lewis and Mo Evans combined with Josh Howard’s  return from injury gave us a logjam at the small forward spot,” said Grunfeld.  “Coming to terms on a contract buyout with Al was mutually beneficial, as it allows us to clear space in the rotation and allows him the chance to pursue an opportunity with another team.” 

Thornton was originally acquired from the L.A. Clippers in a three-team, six-player deal on February 17, 2010.  He appeared 49 games for the Wizards this season, averaging 8.0 points and 3.2 rebounds.
Thornton, a 2007 lottery pick by the Los Angeles Clippers, was averaging 8.0 points and 3.2 rebounds in 21.8 minutes per game for the Wizards. He was on the books for $2.8 million this season.

Soon after the news broke, the Washington Post reported: "Not at all surprised by Al Thornton buyout. Some around league thought he was going to get thrown in the Atlanta deal. He was unhappy in DC."

Thornton is talented - although not overly so - and nice as a rental for the rest of the season, especially if you can get him at buyout prices without needing to sacrifice assets. 

In that vein, ESPN.com reported that Thornton could be headed to the Golden State Warriors: "Sources close to the situation tell ESPN.com that Al Thornton, freshly bought out by Wizards, is Golden State-bound if he clears waivers." The Oakland Tribune also reported that the Warriors are expected "to sign Al Thornton, who was bought out by Wiz." Yahoo! Sports clarifies that the deal is only a rental for the remainder of this season.

Currently, the guard-dominated Warriors split their wing minutes between Dorell Wright (39.0 minutes per game), Reggie Williams (21.6 minutes per game) and Vladimir Radmanovic (16.6 per game). Given the heavy load Wright is playing, Thornton should have a chance to carve out some meaningful time.
Posted on: October 27, 2010 2:16 pm
 

Arenas out for at least two games

Posted by Royce Young

Nick Young shouldn't have to thank Gilbert Arenas. I think Arenas is actually hurt this time around.

Michael Lee of The Washington Post tweeted that Arenas will likely miss the Wizards first two regular season games because of a sore ankle. Arenas strained a tendon in the ankle and has been wearing a walking boot.

So far it's just a projected two games for Arenas, but it could be more. He'll see a doctor about the slow-recovering ankle this week.

There has been a lot of curiousity as to how Arenas and rookie John Wall would work together in the backcourt, but those questions will have to wait to be answered for a bit. And because of Arenas' injury, he hasn't practiced a ton with Wall and obviously has seen very little game action together with the rookie. So here we get a chance to see Wall with the team all to himself as well as we'll have something to compare it to when Arenas returns.

How does Flip Saunders balance the lineup with Arenas out? It's looking like Al Thornton will start, meaning he'll be in at small forward. I guess that means either Kirk Hinrich or Young will get the nod as shooting guard. The Wizards are looking at a fairly non-traditional lineup with or without Arenas it looks like.

Most feel that eventually, Washington will have to move Arenas to really complete the transition of handing the team to Wall. It's just going to be two games, but it'll at least be a taste and like I said, no we have a barometer to compare Wall against how played with and without Arenas.
Posted on: October 22, 2010 1:48 pm
 

More on extensions for the class of 2007

Posted by Royce Young

Yeah I know. I've already gone over this. But Marc Stein of ESPN.com has some new information regarding who could be seeing a last minute contract extension before the Nov. 1 deadline.

And as was before, there may only be one player in line to join Joakim Noah and Kevin Durant with extensions and that's Al Horford. Sources maintain to Stein that a deal before the deadline remains probable, given Horford’s status as a borderline All-Star big man. Things were complicated with Joe Johnson's massive contract, but the fact Atlanta remains still on Jamal Crawford indicates they'd like to get something done with Horford.

But what about the other players? Stein says there's really nothing more than some "maybes" in that group. And that includes top pick Greg Oden. Reportedly, Oden is resigned to the fact he's not getting a deal and in fact, isn't really even asking for it. Understandable for both sides really. Oden's obviously had the health issues and both sides understand this is an important year for Oden's future not just with the Blazers, but in terms of his well-being.

How about Jeff Green, who I sort of went over already - where's he at? The Thunder have been characteristically quiet on negotiations but Stein says Green's camp and Sam Presti "aren't close" to getting anything done. However, there's been regular conversation between both sides and from I'm told, everyone is in good spirits. The Thunder are playing things carefully with Green with the new CBA coming plus Russell Westbrook's extension that's coming next summer.

Mike Conley (taken No. 4), Corey Brewer (No. 7), Rodney Stuckey (No. 15) and Aaron Brooks (No. 26) and likely looking at becoming restricted free agents as a deal probably isn't headed their way. Yi Jianlian (taken No. 6) and All Thornton (No. 14) of the Wizards have at least had negotiations but nothing appears to be coming, Stein says. However, he believes Yi may be getting an extension much like Andray Blatche's sometime soon.

Two others that are at least having discussion are Wilson Chandler (No. 23) and Jared Dudley (No. 22). Wilson's chances aren't great but Dudley, who's a quality bench player and a nice 3-point shooter, has a legitimate chance.

Overall, there's a very strong possibility only two players from 2007 will be getting extensions, with the chance of a third in Horford. And it's not like it was a bad class either. A combination of factors including injuries, team situations and the uncertainty of the new CBA have really complicated things for the class.
 
 
 
 
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