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Rockets sign Marcus Thornton to one-year contract

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Houston Rockets guard James Harden (13) picks up a loose ball while Sacramento Kings guard Marcus Thornton (23) defends during the first quarter of an NBA basketball game, Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2014, in Houston. (AP Photo/Patric Schneider)


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.

Jonathan Feigen of the Houston Chronicle:

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.