First, I’d like to thank Kevin Fippin (of Here We Stay) for this wonderful photoshop (he’s also posted it at @ Sactown Royalty):
Ignoring one of my favorite images of all time, I like this deal. I’m hoping that we see a similar structure deal to what Nick Collison (a big bonus this season that pushes the total to the amount we see but actually reduces the strain of the contract in later years) received with the Thunder last year.
Is Marcus Thornton the best of fits with the Kings? I think he has a strong possibility of improving on his 28 games last season with more time and a chance to play off a healthy Tyreke Evans. I also think Thornton could end up settling into a Ben Gordon role off the bench that is a super scoring sub. Thornton does have enough talents that I think will make the King significantly benefit regardless of the exact circumstances and minute distribution moving forward.
News has also just leaked that Chuck Hayes has indeed signed with the Kings for 4 years and 21.3 million. Since I have to give a few minutes to collect my thoughts on Hayes, come back in a hour for that post.
As far as Thornton, this is a low risk potentially high yield reward move. The reality that you could have your entire backcourt together for their entire prime is a wonderful prospect that the Kings have set themselves up for in the long run. I like that the Kings payed Thornton, which some could say is more than he is worth today, with the idea that they needed him to stick around to maximize the value of the other more important talents on the roster right now.
I believe, and continue to believe that Marcus Thornton is a key component to the King mini-successful run the Kings made towards the end of last season. Keeping Marcus Thornton is a nice way to start an off-season and a disappointing yesterday (yeah I’m really ticked by what Stern did).
BUCKETZAAASZZZZAZZZ!!!!!!!!!!!1211409#$%@$!!!!!!!! (Can you tell I like this move?)
UPDATE: After some renegotiating, the deal will be 4 years 31 million most likely according to Sam Amick. I still like the deal. At 4 years it may be even more advantageous to the Kings and Thornton to renegotiate then. Since this isn’t set in stone, we’ll have to wait 4 years to really discuss it in depth. That said, re-signing Thornton was a must and the Kings did that.