Another way of going about this summer.

So everyone thought about FA centers, then turned their heads to centers under contract. Since we've looked at FA shooting guards, I thought I'd look at Plan B, a SG under contract that could help this team, although I might get some strange looks.

Marcus Thornton

Why Marcus Thornton, I hear you ask?

Think about it from Sacramento's perspective. They just got new ownership, have Tyreke Evans as a restricted free agent they want to resign, plus have DeMarcus Cousins who they will want to sign to a 4-year extension else he will also become a RFA. Getting rid of Thornton makes all the more sense when looking at his contract - let's just say isn't exactly playing on a bargain deal (owed $16.6 million over the next 2 years). This would clear up space for the new owners to throw their money at players.

There are reasons from our perspective too. I think Thornton would fit in well as a 6th man with us. From within 8ft of the hoop last season he shot 62%, and scored more on less shots than Wesley (55%). On top of this his turnovers were only 0.9/game to Wes' 1.6/game. He would be an instant offense in a team desperate for it. (Also - surprising considering his D is worse than Matthews' - his PER is 16.32 compared to 14.10)

My Trade

Marcus Thornton, #7 pick, 2014 2nd round pick, for

Joel Freeland, Will Barton, #10 pick.

I won't go into the details of the move but basically it gives enough money to at least go after a Gortat and the like.

The Strengths of Marcus Thornton:

  • Goes inside more, and turns it over less.
    - Within 16ft shoots 1.4 more shots than Wesley per 36 mins.
  • Proven great late-game player.
    - If down by 2 or less could replace Wes in clutch situations. Plus shoots FTs at 88%
  • Can start or come off the bence.
    - If Wesley has similar injuries to this year (knock on wood), he could fill in, has experience doing both.
  • Has a good contract end-point.
    End of 2014-15 season, same time as Wes, LA.
  • Young. Good background and character
    - 26yo in a few days, but played all 4 years of college and went to LSU for close distance to family.
  • Has played as a point in the past.
    - Has better handles than Matthews and Batum.

The Weaknesses of Marcus Thornton:

  • Draws fouls at a disappointing rate, considering inside game
    - 2.6 FTs per 36, to Wesley's 2.8.
  • Doesn't provide much except scoring.
    - Similar rebound and assist numbers to Wes.
  • Big contract compared to production... (at Sacramento)
    - Hasn't been able to live up to billing, since massive contract year in 2010-11.
  • Lack of commitment to defense.
    - Gambles too much, has the quickness to be able to good though.
  • Lack of height for position.
    - 2" shorter than average NBA size, good weight and average wingspan.

Although this may not be the A-level signing we were hoping for it would pretty much fill out our wing positions; Matthews (Thornton), Batum (Claver), all signed through the next 2 seasons.
This is just an example of a lopsided trade for a bad contract we could do. There are many players at both the SG and C position and an exciting summer awaits, whether we get our way or have to improvise a plan.

tl;dr - I had homework so procrastinated by doing lots of research on something that will almost certainly not happen, then analysed that fantastical proposition.

Big-Man, out.

Log In Sign Up

Log In Sign Up

Forgot password?

We'll email you a reset link.

If you signed up using a 3rd party account like Facebook or Twitter, please login with it instead.

Forgot password?

Try another email?

Almost done,

By becoming a registered user, you are also agreeing to our Terms and confirming that you have read our Privacy Policy.

Join Blazer's Edge

You must be a member of Blazer's Edge to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at Blazer's Edge. You should read them.

Join Blazer's Edge

You must be a member of Blazer's Edge to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at Blazer's Edge. You should read them.




Choose an available username to complete sign up.

In order to provide our users with a better overall experience, we ask for more information from Facebook when using it to login so that we can learn more about our audience and provide you with the best possible experience. We do not store specific user data and the sharing of it is not required to login with Facebook.