The Cleveland Cavaliers have reportedly signed Sindarius Thornwell to a 1-year deal according to Shams Charania of The Athletic. The 24-year-old shooting guard has spent the last two seasons with the Los Angeles Clippers.
Clippers free agent Sindarius Thornwell has agreed to a one-year deal with the Cleveland Cavaliers, per agent Andy Shiffman (@PriorityBkball) of Priority Sports.
— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) August 3, 2019
Thornwell played considerably more his rookie season with the Clippers when he averaged 15.8 minutes per game. Last year in Los Angeles, he only averaged 4.9 minutes per game. Unsurprisingly and certainly related, Thornwell was considerably better in 2017-2018 when he saw the floor much more. In that season, he averaged 3.9 lints and 1.9 rebounds per game with a surprising 37.7% shooting percentage from deep. Those numbers dropped substantially, particularly the shooting, which came crashing back to earth with 20% from 3-point land.
Now, Sindarius Thornwell will be playing in The Land, at least for now. The non-guaranteed contract allows Thornwell to compete for one of the last spots on the roster. Despite Cleveland having several guards the former second-round pick profiles much more as a wing, something the Cavs are lacking. Chris Fedor of cleveland.com reports that at least seven teams were showing interest in Thornwell, but chose Cleveland for the ability to see the court. This thinking is similar to David Nwaba last offseason, who signed in Cleveland with the hopes of showcasing for another contract the following summer. That worked out well, as Nwaba signed a 2-year deal with the new-look Brooklyn Nets.