The Nets have been the center of the trading front since yesterday by being involved in two potential deals an hour apart from each other.
The fun began when Ohm Youngmisuk of ESPN reported that the Nets were interested in Cleveland Cavaliers reserve guard Jarrett Jack. The Nets were possibly trying to get a deal done based upon Jack for Jason Terry. Youngmisuk also reports that a third team would likely have to be included for a deal to be done.
League sources say Nets have interest in Cavs' Jarrett Jack. One source says Jason Terry for Jack could be a possibility before deadline
— Ohm Youngmisuk (@NotoriousOHM) February 17, 2014
Ken Berger later added that landing Jack could lead to the Nets getting draft picks.
One avenue Nets are examining to replenish draft-pick stock is a Jason Terry-for-Jarrett Jack swap with Cleveland, source says.— Ken Berger (@KBergCBS) February 17, 2014
Jack has one more year than Terry plus a $500K guarantee in '16-'17. Nets like Jack for short-term help but also could get pick out of it.
— Ken Berger (@KBergCBS) February 17, 2014
Jack was a big part of the Golden State Warriors success last season before signing a 25.2-million dollar deal that spans over four years. As Berger tweeted, Jack's last year is only guaranteed for 500,000.
Marc Stein tweeted this morning that the Nets aren't the only team trying to acquire Jack, but the Kings are.
Sacramento, I'm told, is another team that has engaged in talks with Cleveland about Brooklyn backcourt target Jarrett Jack
— Marc Stein (@ESPNSteinLine) February 18, 2014
The Kings reportedly had a deal for Rajon Rondo on the table recently, but that trade was rejected, so it seems that they are chasing after Jack as a consolation. The Kings do not have a first round pick this season, but do have one in 2015.
The Washington Wizards have been reportedly chasing after a reserve point guard as of late, but Sam Amick of USA Today says that they are not vying for Jack.
In Washington, Wizards in the market for backup point guard but I'm told they are not involved the talks for Cleveland's Jarrett Jack.— Sam Amick (@sam_amick) February 18, 2014
Jordan Hill being used with the DPE?
Adrian Wojnarowski then dropped his first true "Woj Bomb" of the season by reporting that the Nets and Lakers have been discussing a deal that would bring Hill to Brooklyn as apart of the team's available Disabled Player Exception.
Los Angeles, Brooklyn have discussed Jordan Hill deal into the Nets' Disabled Player Exception, league sources tell Yahoo.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojYahooNBA) February 17, 2014
We broke down what exactly the DPE is here.
There is no other details as to what the Nets would have to give up for Hill, but Woj documents just how much money the Nets would have to give up to sign the Lakers reserve big man.
Nets have until March 10 to use $5.25M DPE for Brook Lopez injury. With tax hit on Hill $3.5M deal, cost to Nets: $17M. Not an easy sell.
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojYahooNBA) February 17, 2014
Hill has had trouble fitting in in Los Angeles, but has been performing quite well despite playing only 20 minutes per game this season. Hill is averaging eight points and seven rebounds with a PER of 18.5. Mike Mazzeo reported that a scout said the Nets could use a post defender.
Medina says Hill isn't likely for the Nets
On Tuesday afternoon, Mark Medina of the Los Angeles Daily News reported that a deal between the Nets and Lakers is not likely to happen. Medina cited the main reason as the Nets large luxury tax and that they would have to shell out 17-million dollars in fees to get Hill to Brooklyn, despite having his bird rights.
Source: Lakers-Brooklyn deal involving Jordan Hill unlikely to happen http://t.co/msLMcusOgf— Mark Medina (@MarkG_Medina) February 18, 2014
Medina did add that Hill is still available, but he likely will not end up in Brooklyn.
Woj, however, tweeted that the Nets are still in it!
A potential deal with Sacramento wouldn't preclude Nets from also completing a deal with Lakers to absorb Jordan Hill, sources tell Yahoo.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojYahooNBA) February 18, 2014
And Steve Kyler of Basketball Insiders seemed to agree, adding a detail.
.@RambysPro: Whats Jordan Hill worth to the Nets? ---> second round pick and a traded player exception from what I hear.— Steve Kyler (@stevekylerNBA) February 19, 2014
Woj gave the Nets his second "bomb" in as many days when he reported that the Nets were discussing a deal with the Kings that would send Marcus Thornton to the Nets while Jason Terry and Reggie Evans would be shipped out to Sacramento.
Sacramento and Brooklyn discussing a deal centered on Marcus Thornton for Jason Terry and Reggie Evans, league sources tell Yahoo Sports.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojYahooNBA) February 18, 2014
Jason Terry said he's unaware of any deal involving him.
Terry said he hadn't spoken with GM Billy King yet to see if the rumors are true. King isn't on the trip and isn't expected to be around.— Rod Boone (@rodboone) February 19, 2014
As discussions with the Kings heated up, the Nets seemed to cool on Jack, whose contract extends into 2017-18. Woj reported the length of the deal would have interfered with plans to reduce salary commitments beyond next season.
By midnight Wednesday, there were signals the Thornton deal was close.
Woj wrote the talks were at a "serious stage" and Jared Zwerling of Bleacher Report said sources told him things could happen "soon."
Sources told me talks w/ Thornton for Evans-Terrry are heating up & it could happen "soon" (one said). Also hearing Greg Monroe won't move.— Jared Zwerling (@JaredZwerling) February 19, 2014
A league source told NetsDaily last night that nothing is imminent regarding either trade. "The cart is before the horse here," the source added. If a deal is to get done, expect it to be closer to the 3 p.m deadline on Thursday, says another league source.