By Jason Jones
CHARLOTTE, N.C. - Admitting "it was kind of shocking" to find out he'd been traded, new Kings guard Marcus Thornton is looking forward to his debut tonight against the Charlotte Bobcats.
After a productive rookie season Thornton's playing time dipped under new coach Monty Williams.
Thornton acknowledged it was time for a fresh start.
"That's the thing I want to happen here," Thornton said after this morning's shootaround. "I feel like a whole new person with a fresh new start. I just want to come in here help them try to win games."
Kings basketball president Geoff Petrie spoke with former New Orleans coach and general manager Jeff Bower before making the deal.
Bower drafted Thornton and Thornton played his best as a pro under Bower.
Kings coach Paul Westphal said how the game goes will decide how much Thornton plays.
"I plan on giving him some time and see how it goes," Westphal said.
Not having practiced at all isn't something Thornton sees as a problem and believes he understands what the Kings want to do.
"I think I've got a lot of it," Thornton said. "Some of the offensive plays and some of the defensive schemes are the same that we did in New Orleans so it was kind of easy. Guys showing me around, spots to be in so I think it will be a cool transition."
Injured swingman Marquis Daniels isn't expected to join the team, Westphal said. He was acquired from Boston on Thursday in a move that was done to allow the Kings to make some more money.