HOUSTON - The Houston Rockets waived guard Marcus Thornton on Friday.
Thornton played in 47 games, with six starts, and averaged 10 points, 2.4 rebounds and 1.4 assists.
“I felt like this would be a good place for me to thrive,” Thornton said in an interview with FOX 26 Sports.
“Somewhere along the way things went left. I don’t know what happened. Now it’s about finding somewhere I can play and be the best player I know I can be, and live up to my potential.
"I just need the opportunity. I won't stop searching until I find that place that I can thrive in.”
Thornton appreciates the fact the Rockets waived him in time for him to sign with another team and still be eligible for postseason play.
“Very important, very important,” Thornton said. “That was kind of the main thing that I wanted, if we were going to go in that direction, it would be now.
“So I can go sign with a contending team that I know I can help.”
Thornton returned to the Rockets after his trade to the Detroit Pistons was rescinded because of medical issues concerning Donatas Motiejunas.
He believes interim coach J.B. Bickerstaff can get things turned around with the Rockets.
“J.B. is outstanding,” Thornton said. “J.B. was outstanding with me.
“Ever since he took over he was hands on. He is honest. I know he’ll do great things for them. I’d love to see him succeed here.”
And Thornton wishes nothing but the best as well for Rockets fans.
“To Rockets Nation, thanks for everything,” Thornton said. “When I first got here y’all took me in, and have been great since I got here. I love the fans very much, and hopefully they’ll get what they’re looking for and that’s a title, because they deserve it.”