Marcus Thornton has signed a five-year, $40 million contract with the Sacramento Kings, according to Chris Broussard of ESPN.com.
Thornton, 24, started 23 games for the Kings after being traded to Sacramento mid-season from the New Orleans Hornets. While the second year shooting guard averaged 12.8 points and 1.8 assists per game overall in 2010-11, his numbers in his short stint with the Kings were markedly better. In 27 games with his new team last year, he averaged 21.3 points and 3.4 assists per game.
Thornton was originally drafted by the Miami Heat with the thirteenth pick in the 2009 NBA Draft. He will now be part of the King’s long-term plans with fellow youngsters DeMarcus Cousins, J.J. Hickson, Tyreke Evans, and Jimmer Fredette.