JULY 25TH, 2:30pm: The signing is official, Mark Berman of Fox 26 Houston tweets.
JULY 12TH, 1:58pm: Thornton turned down larger offers to sign with the Rockets, his agent told Jonathan Feigen of The Houston Chronicle. “He needs to play to sort of re-invent himself in the league and this was a perfect fit,” Dutt said. “There were some teams trying to do some things for him, but this was right. He’s very excited. This is going to be fun.”
1:13pm: Marcus Thornton has agreed to a one-year contract with the Rockets, tweets Mark Berman of Fox 26 Houston. Thornton has signed for the minimum, his agent, Tony Dutt, tells Marc J. Spears of Yahoo Sports. (Twitter link).
Dutt says Thornton called the Rockets a “perfect fit” for him, adding that his client is “excited” about going to Houston (Twitter link). Former NBA executive Bobby Marks sees Thornton as a younger version of Jason Terry (Twitter link), who is an unrestricted free agent after playing last season with the Rockets.
Thornton averaged 7.9 points per game in 2014/15 with the Celtics and Suns, but played sparingly in Phoenix after being part of the deal that brought Isaiah Thomas to Boston. Thornton appeared in just nine games for the Suns and averaged just nine minutes per contest. The Heat met with Thornton last week but didn’t offer him a deal, as Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald reports.
Because Thornton signed a minimum contract, Houston still has its full mid-level exception available. Some of that could be used to sign unrestricted free agent Josh Smith or restricted free agent K.J. McDaniels.