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Al Thornton | Forward

Team: Golden State Warriors
Age / DOB:  (34) / 12/7/1983
Ht / Wt:  6'8" / 235
College: Florida State

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Al Thornton has signed with the Zhejiang Lions in China.
Thornton had drawn some interest from the Nets, Clippers, Suns and Magic, but wasn't likely to earn a guaranteed contract in the NBA. Wilson Chandler averaged 26.6 points in 32 games for the Lions during the 2011-12 season, and Thornton should have similar success -- he's a natural scorer, and the flaws in his game won't be as glaring in the CBA. Sat, Sep 29, 2012 09:45:00 AM

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Al Thornton, who signed with a team in Puerto Rico last February, will play for the Nets in the Orlando Summer League.

Thornton averaged 16.8 points for the Clippers in 2008-09, and his career averages of 45.2 percent FGs and 74.7 percent FTs aren't too shabby, but he's obviously fallen out of favor with league executives. Fantasy owners can safely ignore him, even if he does make an NBA roster this year.
Sat, Jun 30, 2012 11:36:00 AM

Al Thornton has signed with the Puerto Rican team Brujos de Guayama.

Thornton recently worked out for the Clippers and Suns, but obviously couldn't convince them to sign him. He's averaged 11.9 points and 4.2 rebounds in his NBA career, and will likely return to the Association sooner or later.
Sun, Feb 19, 2012 12:45:00 PM

The Clippers and Suns have recently held private workouts for swingmen.

Michael Finley and Jermaine Taylor have worked out for both the Suns and Clippers, and the Clippers have also taken a look at Al Thornton and Bobby Simmons. Phoenix was simply surveying their options for later in the year, but L.A. seems interested in adding a backup SG behind Randy Foye.
Source: Hoopsworld
Sat, Feb 18, 2012 10:13:00 AM

Al Thornton is hopeful that he'll sign with the Nuggets.

"We’ll see. Hopefully. We’ll see," Thornton said when asked about his chances of agreeing to a deal with Denver. If he is signed, Thornton should act as depth off the bench on a depleted front line.
Source: Denver Post
Mon, Dec 5, 2011 02:56:00 PM

Al Thornton is considering playing in China and expects to make his decision "in a week or so."

During Friday's media blitz, David Stern said "We have players playing overseas risking an injury for a payday. It's very sad." His characterization is unfair but not entirely untrue, and if Thornton signs in China he won't be allowed to have an NBA-out.
Sat, Oct 15, 2011 10:48:00 AM

Al Thornton neared a double-double on Saturday, scoring 12 points on 5-of-10 shooting with nine rebounds, two assists, and two blocks in 23 minutes off the bench.

While he hasn't done anything in the box score to justify fantasy attention, owners shouldn't sleep on him completely. Keith Smart loves the guy and just a few years back he scored 16.8 ppg for the Clippers. And while there's enough tape to show that he's not that same guy, stranger things have happened in April at Oracle Arena. Still, he's only worth a look in deep leagues right now.
Sun, Apr 3, 2011 02:34:00 AM

Warriors coach Keith Smart is quick to cite the addition of Al Thornton as a key reason for the recent improvement of Golden State's bench.

Since Thornton joined the Warriors the bench has gone from averaging 23.7 points to 29.2 points per game. Thornton has shown flashes of brilliance but failed to live up to expectations. He's making a good impression with his new team and for good reason. This may be his last chance.
Mon, Mar 28, 2011 09:43:00 AM

Al Thornton came off the bench and hit 7-of-8 shots and 9-of-12 free throws for 23 points, three rebounds and an assist in Monday's loss.

We have no idea where this came from, but he's at least worth keeping an eye on. Odds are this is his best game of the season for the Warriors, so don't get too excited.
Tue, Mar 15, 2011 01:54:00 AM

Al Thornton played 19 minutes in Tuesday's game for his new Golden State team, and scored nine points on 3-of-3 shooting with three rebounds and one assist.

He took a few minutes from Dorell Wright and left Reggie Williams (three minutes) out in the cold. He has a ways to go before we'll recommend him standard leagues, but he should be watched from afar as Keith Smart likes him and Dorell Wright is slumping.
Wed, Mar 9, 2011 01:53:00 AM

Al Thornton made his Warriors debut on Friday, playing just two minutes.

There isn't much room for him in the Warriors rotation, but beware the rumor that Keith Smart likes him and he could play some PF in a small lineup. A shoot-first, ask-second guy if there ever was one, he should simply be watched from afar at this time.
Sat, Mar 5, 2011 02:10:00 AM

Warriors signed free agent F Al Thornton.

Thornton will get the prorated veteran's minimum for the rest of the year. Considering he has been essentially dumped by the Clippers and Wizards over the last year, Warriors fans shouldn't expect much. He's not a better option than Reggie Williams off the bench and Keith Smart loves to play his starters big minutes.
Thu, Mar 3, 2011 06:31:00 PM

Al Thornton gave back $400,000 so he could be released from the Wizards Tuesday.

This isn't quite the $6.2 million that Mike Bibby gave the Wizards to get out of town, but it's still significant. After clearing waivers, Thornton will reportedly sign with the Warriors, where he'll battle Reggie Williams for backup swingman minutes.
Wed, Mar 2, 2011 09:37:00 AM

Reports are already out suggesting that Al Thornton will land in Golden State after he clears waivers.

Thornton would likely take a reserve role with the Warriors behind Dorell Wright at the forward position. He should fight with Reggie Williams as the reserve scoring option off the bench but isn't likely to produce enough to merit owning.
Tue, Mar 1, 2011 05:59:00 PM

The Washington Wizards have waived forward Al Thornton.

This is the most surprising buy out thus far. The Wizards are justifying the move by saying there's a "logjam" at small forward. The truth is that Thornton has failed to live up to expectations. With the Wizards still in the rebuilding process they've probably seen enough and want to open things up for another young face.
Tue, Mar 1, 2011 05:19:00 PM

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