Agent: Concerned over Thornton's opportunities with C's

Agent: Concerned over Thornton's opportunities with C's
July 9, 2014, 6:00 pm
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ORLANDO, Fla. — When the news broke that Marcus Thornton was bound for Boston, it led to several conversations between the player and his agent.

Thornton is a 6-foot-4 guard who joins a Celtics squad that's loaded with perimeter players of all shapes and sizes.

Did we mention he's in a contract year, too?

"Our biggest concern is whether he will get an opportunity to play," his agent Tony Dutt told "At the end of the day, he wants an opportunity to showcase his talents. I have been told that he will get that opportunity."

But it remains to be seen if that opportunity will come as a member of the Boston Celtics.

Thornton is coming off a down season in Brooklyn, which is one of the many reasons Boston will consider moving him sooner rather than later.

A career 13.4 points per game scorer, Thornton averaged just 9.8 after being traded to Brooklyn to Sacramento, last season.

But a bigger concern is the logjam of players Boston has in their backcourt.

In addition to starters Rajon Rondo and a re-signed Avery Bradley, the Celtics drafted combo guard Marcus Smart and shooting guard/small forward James Young. When you throw in Phil Pressey, Chris Johnson and Chris Babb to the mix, Thornton understandably so isn't sure where - if at all - he fits into the Celtics' plans going forward.

Dutt and Thornton's concerns were eased a bit after speaking with another one of Dutt's other clients, current Celtic forward Brandon Bass.

"Brandon spoke highly of how they're doing things, which was good to hear," Dutt said. "But we'll be monitoring the situation for sure."

Thornton was part of a three-team deal between Boston, Cleveland and Brooklyn.

The Nets sent the Celtics Thornton while the Cavs shipped out Tyler Zeller to Boston in addition to giving the Celtics a 2016 first round pick that's top-10 protected. Also, the Celtics sent Cleveland a protected second-round pick. Meanwhile, Brooklyn received Jarrett Jack and Sergey Karasev from Cleveland.

The deal cannot become official until the league moratorium on such transactions is lifted tonight at 12:01 a.m.