Thornton’s role had diminished with the Rockets, and he had been part of the rescinded three-team trade that included the Detroit Pistons. Thornton hadn’t returned to the active roster since Detroit voided the deal that sent him and forward Donatas Motiejunas to the Pistons.
Detroit didn’t pass Motiejunas’ back on a physical.
If Thornton clears waivers, he will be eligible to sign with a team and be added to its playoff roster.
Thornton signed a one-year deal with Houston with hopes of increasing his value in summer free agency. Thornton averaged 10 points in 18.8 minutes a game this season.
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