Free agent guard Thornwell agrees to deal with Cavaliers

Shooting guard Sindarius Thornwell spent his first two NBA seasons with the Clippers.

Free agent guard Sindarius Thornwell has agreed to a one-year contract with the Cavaliers, Thornwell’s agent told Shams Charania of Stadium.

As reported by AmicoHoops on July 22, the Cavs had expressed interest in both Thornwell and free agent shooting guard Ben McLemore this offseason. McLemore signed a one-year deal with the Houston Rockets several days later.

Thornwell appeared in 64 games with the Los Angeles Clippers last season, his second in the NBA, but wasn’t offered much time. His salary of $1.6 million was to become guaranteed July 20. He was waived by the Clippers two weeks before that.

The Clippers drafted Thornwell in the second round (No. 48 overall) of the 2017 draft. He averaged just 4.9 minutes per game in 2018-19.

The Cavs have added Thornwell and rookies Darius Garland and Kevin Porter Jr. to a backcourt that already includes Collin Sexton, Jordan Clarkson, Matthew Dellavedova and Brandon Knight.

They lost David Nwaba (Brooklyn Nets), Nik Stauskas (overseas) and J.R. Smith (waived).