James Harden said he wanted the Rockets to add a playmaker.
Re-signing Patrick Beverley and Corey Brewer were nice moves, but they don’t qualify.
Nabbing Marcus Thornton, on a smaller scale, does.
the Rockets reached agreement on one-year deal with Thornton on Sunday, Thornton’s agent Tony Dutt said.
Thornton will sign a one-year deal at the veteran’s minimum, a person with knowledge of the deal said.
Thornton is a good playmaker – as long as that definition is limited to for himself rather than for his teammates. He shoots 3-pointers well, and he can run the pick-and-roll. His ability to finish at the rim has declined, perhaps a sign of declining athleticism at age 28.
I wouldn’t be surprised if Thornton cracks Houston’s rotation.
At the minimum, he’s a bargain.