The Cavaliers opened up two roster spots over the course of their insane trade deadline day that saw six players shipped out and four players added to the team.
There’s not been much noise on who the Cavaliers would fill those spots with outside of a clearly jumping-the-gun Tweet from Kendrick Perkins.
Well, the Cavaliers have made a (small) move, signing guard Marcus Thornton from their G-League Canton Charge affiliate to a 10-day contract.
Before you ask, no, it’s not the volume scorer combo guard that you might remember score over 20 points per game for the Kings once upon a time.
This Thornton is a 6-foot-4, 25-year-old swingman who is averaging 18.8 points, 3.0 rebounds and 2.9 assists on 40.4 percent three-point shooting on the season. He was drafted by the Celtics in 2015, but has never registered an NBA minute to this point.
The Cavaliers needed to have a 14th full-time player on their roster per Bobby Marks, but many thought at least one of the two open roster spots would go to Kendrick Perkins. Marc Stein is reporting that this doesn’t seem likely.
The Cavaliers initially targeted Kendrick Perkins to fill this spot -- to the point Perk posted an "I'm back" picture on Instagram on Feb. 8 before deleting it - but the Cavs decided they needed more than locker-room presence https://t.co/jBvF35Yrtx— Marc Stein (@TheSteinLine) February 22, 2018
Ultimately, Thornton won’t be too much of a factor for the Cavalier, and likely won’t even get a second 10-day contract. London Perrantes and John Holland, the Cavaliers two-way players should be ahead of Thornton in the rotation in the short term.
It’s fair to wonder what the Cavaliers will do if they don’t settle on terms with a buyout candidate or a veteran leader like Perkins. They could certainly take flyers on the G-League, or they could convert either of their two-way deals to full-year contracts. We’ll just have to wait and see.