The Wizards brought in Marcus Thornton because they needed someone healthy, coach Randy Wittman said, but Thornton is hoping that he’s more than just a stopgap measure, as Jorge Castillo of The Washington Post relays. The two-guard is on a minimum-salary deal through the end of the season, as Eric Pincus of Basketball Insiders confirms, but Thornton indicated that he’d like to re-sign once he hits free agency in the summer.
“It’s about me going to some place I can fit in right away,” Thornton said. “And it could be long term. … Hopefully I could find a home here.”
He’ll be asked to make an impression with his shooting, observes J. Michael of CSN Mid-Atlantic. Thornton is a career 35.9% 3-point shooter. See more from around the Eastern Conference:
- Knicks team president Phil Jackson confirmed the team will sign Tony Wroten but conceded that he “needs a lot of medical attention” and probably won’t play in a game this season, notes Al Iannazzone of Newsday. Reports a week ago indicated Wroten and the Knicks were poised for a two-year deal.
- The Zen Master’s stance that an all-out pursuit of a point guard this summer isn’t necessary doesn’t augur well for the Knicks, given the presence of an outstanding point guard on the teams with the top records this season, contends Frank Isola of the New York Daily News.
- Christian Wood returned to the D-League affiliate of the Sixers following the early termination of his 10-day contract, notching 23 points and eight boards Sunday, notes Chris Reichert of Upside & Motor (Twitter link). Philadelphia has released Wood twice this season.