Thornton supplied 42 points (15-25 FG, 5-12 3Pt, 7-7 FT), five rebounds, four assists, one steal and one block in 34 minutes Sunday in Grand Rapids' 102-97 win over Maine.
The scoring haul was a new G League career high for Thornton, who boosted his season-long average to 23.1 points per game. The veteran shooting guard hasn't appeared in any NBA game since the 2016-17 season, but his recent string of performances in the G League could earn him a promotion at some point in the next month and a half.
Thorton finished Wednesday's 142-112 drubbing of the BayHawks with 40 points (14-22 FG, 11-17 3Pt, 1-2 FT), five assists, five steals, four rebounds, and a blocked shot.
Perhaps not surprisingly, Wednesday's 40-point outing was a season-high mark for any Drive player to date. Of course, that was due in large part to the the 33 points scored from three, which broke a franchise record set by Jordan Crawford in 2016. Thornton has proven to be a streaky shooter in the past, but remains on pace to exceed his career scoring averages in the G League.
Thorton posted 37 points (15-25 FG, 5-13 3Pt, 2-6 FT), three rebounds, three steals and two assists in the loss Monday to the Go-Go.
Thorton continues to lead the way for a Drive squad still missing a handful of regulars in the backcourt. The veteran guard has scored 30-plus points twice in the past two weeks and figures to be a relevant fantasy option so long as Zach Lofton continues to miss time.
Thornton scored 33 points (13-22 FG, 4-9 3Pt, 3-6 FT) to go along with three rebounds, three assists and two steals in the win Thursday over Northern Arizona.
The 33 points is quite obviously a season-high, as the veteran guard has played in just nine games with Grand Rapids this season. Consistently around the 18-20 point range when he takes the court, Thornton is expected to remain in contention for a starting role even when the likes of Keenan Evans (knee) and Zach Lofton (hamstring) return to the court.
Thornton is signing a 10-day contract with the Cavaliers, Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN reports.
Thornton hasn't played an NBA game since the 2016-2017 season, when he played 33 games for the Washington Wizards. He's spent the entirety of his season with the G-League's Grand Rapids Drive, where he's averaged 18.9 points over 24.6 minutes.Thornton likely won't see much time with the Cavaliers, as they run fairly deep on the wing.
Thornton cleared waivers Saturday and is officially a free agent, Marc Stein of ESPN reports.
As anticipated, the veteran passed through waivers unclaimed and will now be free to sign with another club. Thornton hadn't been much of an impact player for the Wizards, posing averages of 6.6 points and 2.3 rebounds per game while shooting 40.0 percent from the floor and 35.0 percent from three. As a result, he's unlikely to be at the top of most teams' wish lists, but the 29-year-old has proven to be a valuable scorer off the bench in years past.
Thornton will be waived by the Nets, Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports reports.
Thornton, along with Andrew Nicholson and a first-round pick were shipped to Brooklyn earlier Wednesday in exchange for Bojan Bogdanovic and Chris McCullough. However, the Nets are happy with where their shooting guard situation is at and will look elsewhere to fill the final spot on the roster. That sends Thornton back to the free agent pool, where he'll look to latch on with a contender or a provide a younger, more inexperienced roster with some veteran help from the eighth-year pro.
Thornton, Andrew Nicholson and a 2017 first-round pick will be sent from the Wizards to the Nets on Wednesday in exchange for Bojan Bogdanoic and Chris McCullough, Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports reports.
Thornton opened the season in a rotational role for the Wizards, but fell out of favor in January and February and hadn't seen the court in the team's last 21 games. That prompted the Wizards to add him as a sweetener to Wednesday's trade, although the first-round pick is what Brooklyn really coveted in the exchange. There's no guarantees that Thornton is thrust into a bigger role right out of the gates with Brooklyn, but Nets aren't particularly strong at shooting guard with guys like Randy Foye and Sean Kilpatrick holding down the top two spots, so Thornton should at least have the opportunity to compete for minutes.
Thornton (coach's decision) didn't see the floor in a 116-108 win over the Lakers on Thursday.
Thornton hasn't appeared in any of the Wizards' last 15 games, as he's fallen behind rookies Tomas Satoransky and Sheldon McClellan in the pecking order at shooting guard off the bench. Since Thornton will be a free agent this summer and doesn't appear to have much of a future with the Wizards, don't be surprised if the team looks to trade him away prior to the deadline.
Thornton (coach's decision) didn't see the floor in Tuesday's 101-99 win over the Bulls.
Thornton hasn't played in any of the past three games, as it seems he's fallen behind John Wall, Bradley Beal, Kelly Oubre, Trey Burke and even undrafted rookie Sheldon McClellan in the backcourt pecking order. The veteran can often fill it up in the scoring column when given minutes, but since that isn't happening at the moment, he can largely be ignored in the fantasy realm.
Thornton totaled 11 points (4-7 FG, 1-3 3Pt, 2-2 FT) and three rebounds in 17 minutes during the Wizards' 126-115 overtime loss to the Thunder on Wednesday.
After playing 20 minutes or more in six of seven showings between Nov. 9 and Nov. 21, Thornton has combined to see 40 minutes over his last three appearances, and he was a healthy scratch during Monday's win over the Kings. Even though Thornton's role hasn't been all that demanding, this was the fifth occasion that he has reached double figures in scoring this season, and Markieff Morris twisted his ankle during Wednesday's loss. It's unclear if Morris will be forced to miss any time, but if he does then Thornton could very well be asked to fill the stretch forward position for 20-plus minutes on Friday versus the Spurs.
Thornton generated two points (0-5 FG, 0-2 3Pt, 2-2 FT), one rebound, one assist and one steal across 21 minutes in Friday's 105-94 loss to the Cavaliers.
Thornton slotted in on the top unit with Bradley Beal (hamstring) sidelined, but his poor shooting night prompted coach Scott Brooks to lean heavily on the bench duo of Kelly Oubre (21 minutes) and Sheldon McClellan (12 minutes) for some extra run. There's a good possibility that Beal will remain out for Saturday's game against the Bulls, and while Thornton could retain starting duties in that case, it's difficult to predict how the minutes at shooting guard may be divvied out.
Thornton will start at shooting guard Friday against the Cavaliers.
Thornton will move into the starting lineup with fellow guard Bradley Beal (hamstring) unable to go. Thornton's contributions this season in 19 minutes per game have been minimal, but he did score 16 points in a season-high 34 minutes in the Wizards' last game Wednesday, and he will likely see extra playing time again Friday with Beal out.
Thornton dropped 16 points (5-13 FG, 2-5 3Pt, 4-4 FT) in 34 minutes in a 118-93 win over the Celtics on Wednesday. He also had four assists, four rebounds, and three steals.
Thornton doubled his season average in minutes in this game, owing largely to Bradley Beal being limited to 11 minutes due to a hamstring injury. If Beal misses time, it should mean more minutes for Thornton, who is a proven three-point threat with some offensive potential.
Thornton registered 11 points (4-6 FG, 1-2 3Pt, 2-3 FT), five rebounds and one assist across 16 minutes in Sunday's 112-103 overtime loss to the Grizzlies.
The Wizards don't rely on Thornton for much more than bench scoring, and fantasy owners shouldn't expect much production out of him from many other areas either. Even the modest total of five rebounds in Sunday's game should be viewed as an outlier, given that the 29-year-old has averaged just 2.8 rebounds per game over his eight-year career.
Thornton scored 16 points (5-12 FG, 1-5 3Pt, 5-5 FT), five rebounds and two steals across 23 minutes in Tuesday's 96-91 preseason win over the Cavaliers.
Thornton didn't shoot particularly efficiently, but that's never been his forte, given his career 42.6 percent mark from the field. The Wizards will likely lean on Thornton to provide scoring and three-point shooting to the second unit this season, with the 29-year-old working as top backup to Bradley Beal.
Thornton supplied 13 points (5-11 FG, 3-7 3Pt), three assists, one rebound and one steal across 25 minutes in Saturday's 124-119 preseason loss to the Kings.
Bradley Beal (rest) received the night off, so Thornton entered the starting five and turned in a productive scoring night. The Wizards will turn to Thornton to provide some three-point production off the bench this season, but his scoring figures to be very volatile.
Thornton will draw the start in Saturday's preseason tilt against the Kings.
Thornton made his preseason debut on Thursday and will now get his first extended action in a game. He figures to see an increased minutes load while he's in the starting lineup.
Thornton (thumb) will play in Thursday's preseason game against the Sixers, Candace Buckner of The Washington Post reports.
Thornton had been held out for the entire preseason schedule while dealing with a sprained thumb that he suffered during a practice at the end of September. Now that he's ready to make his debut, Thornton should slot in as Bradley Beal's direct backup at shooting guard, though he could see a minutes restriction in his first game back.
Thornton (thumb) has been ruled out of Monday's preseason matchup with the Knicks.
Thornton has missed the last two games with a sprained thumb and the Wizards want to avoid any sort of further aggravation, so he'll be held out Monday. The Wizards next preseason outing is Thursday versus the Sixers, so depending on Thornton's practice availability over the next few days, it should be his next opportunity to return to the court.
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