After another 20-plus point performance from Marcus Thornton on Sunday night against the Sacramento Kings, the Brooklyn Nets have to be ecstatic about how impactful the newest member of their team has shown he can be since being acquired in late February. At this rate, they have to be even more excited about the fact that the contract he came to Brooklyn with runs through the end of next season.
With the kind of talent Thornton has displayed at times since joining the Nets, the 26-year-old has undoubtedly opened the eyes of not only his teammates and coach Jason Kidd, but those of other players and coaches around the league as well. This is why the Nets are considerably fortunate in having the luxury of not needing to worry about retaining Thornton past this final portion of the season. If he were set to become a free agent this summer, he would have plenty of suitors seeking to either make him their sixth man or possibly starting shooting guard.
That means maybe Brooklyn would’ve had to overpay to keep Thornton around another year or so if they really wanted to. Or maybe they wouldn’t have needed to — who really knows. Whatever the case could’ve been, however, they know for certain that they won’t have to concern themselves with such a situation this offseason.
Even more importantly, the Nets should now have plenty of confidence in Thornton’s potential in Kidd’s system moving forward. He’s shown that he can create his own shot and score in bunches without hurting the rhythm of his teammates. Players of this caliber are crucial on championship teams. That’s exactly what the Nets could be when Brook Lopez returns next season.