Celtics Renounce Rights To Marcus Thornton

The Celtics have renounced their rights to 2015 second-round pick Marcus Thornton, per RealGM’s transactions log. According to Mark Murphy of The Boston Herald (via Twitter), Boston made the move at Thornton’s request, since he’d like the opportunity to play for another team in Summer League.

Thornton, 24, was the 45th overall pick out of William & Mary in the 2015 draft. He shares a name with a veteran shooting guard, but this isn’t the LSU alum who spent the 2016/17 season with the Wizards — this Thornton has yet to make his NBA debut.

Since being drafted by the Celtics two years ago, Thornton has primarily played international ball, with a brief 2016 stint for the Maine Red Claws sandwich in between overseas stops. In 2016/17, Thornton spent the season with Italian team Consultinvest Pesaro, averaging 13.5 PPG on .436/.342/.747 shooting.

Renouncing Thornton won’t free up any cap room for the Celtics, since draft-and-stash prospects who were second-round picks don’t count against the cap. The move simply looks like an act of good will by the C’s, who didn’t anticipate having a spot on their NBA roster for Thornton anytime soon.

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7 thoughts on “Celtics Renounce Rights To Marcus Thornton

  1. Dretorade

    I was about to say wrong pic when I first seen the article until I read first sentence haha

  2. Connorsoxfan

    Surprised they couldn’t move his rights plus their low 2nds to move up and grab another high 2nd. They can’t use more players already too many 2nd round fringe NBA players.

  3. No shock here. Instead of packaging all his 2nd round picks the last few years and getting a usable asset, Ainge would rather make all his picks and cut them or let them rot in the D-league or Europe. It’s kind of like using $100 bills to light a cigar except Ainge ain’t gangsta, he’s just foolish.

    • Connorsoxfan

      Exactly. Or even trading a pick for $2 million. If they did that every year for the last couple years they could pay for Isiah Thomas’s salary in 2nd round picks…

  4. agentx

    Is it just me, or does a Maine Red Claws sandwich sound really tasty just about now??

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