Although former LSU guard Marcus Thornton's struggles' in Hornets Coach Monty Williams' system last season ultimately led to him being traded to Sacramento, New Orleans General Manager Dell Demps apparently is interested in giving Thornton another shot.

Thornton's agent, Tony Dutt, said he has had discussions this week with Demps, along with four other teams, including the Kings. Thornton is a restricted free agent, and Sacramento can match any offer he receives.

Free agents can sign contracts beginning Friday.

The Hornets traded Thornton, a fan favorite, last February to acquire forward Carl Landry, who is a free agent.