In an article on Isaiah Thomas' strained wrist ligaments Woj wrote, "As the NBA trade deadline approaches on Thursday, the Kings are in a state of upheaval. Sacramento's talks with Brooklyn on a deal to acquire guard Jason Terry and forward for Kings guard Marcus Thornton have progressed to a serious stage, league sources told Yahoo Sports."
Jared Zwerling of Bleacher Report confirmed Woj's information just before midnight Wednesday.
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
And Sam Amick of USA Today added this Wednesday morning...
With trade season slow, I'm told Brooklyn (R. Evans-Jason Terry) & Sacto (Marcus Thornton) continued to progress in their talks last night— Sam Amick (@sam_amick) February 19, 2014
That deal,1st reported by Yahoo,may get done. If it does,safe to assume Cousins will be glad not to face Evans the fearless irritant anymore— Sam Amick (@sam_amick) February 19, 2014
Earlier Tuesday, Woj was first to report the Nets are interested in. He tweeted that the parameters of the deal involved Thornton for Terry and Evans. That has not changed, although the length of the talks might indicate other pieces are involved.
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
Then later in the afternoon, Woj noted that talks have been ongoing, and were expected to continue.
Talks on the deal have gathered momentum in recent days, sources told Yahoo Sports, and are expected to continue until Thursday's trade deadline.
Brooklyn has discussed a deal involving Terry for Cleveland's Jarrett Jack, too, but sources tell Yahoo Sports that is an unlikely scenario based on the length of Jack's contract, which guarantees a total of $12.6 million in the final two years of his deal through the 2015-16 season
Woj noted that by the Nets going after Thornton, they are not out of the Jordan Hill sweepstakes.
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
Thornton has $8 million coming his way this season then is fully guaranteed $8.5 million next season. After that, Thornton comes off the books. Thornton is 26 years old and for his career has averaged 13 points per game on 43% shooting from the floor, a shade under 36% from beyond the arc, but only one assist per game. Thornton has averaged 21 points per game in his half-year stint with the Kings in 2011, he also played 38 minutes per game.
This year, he's having the worst year of his career, putting up only 8.3 points and shooting barely above 30 percent from deep. Thornton has the reputation as a gunner and isn't a strong defender. Terry and Evans make a combined $7.4 million this year. A straight-up deal would thus save the Nets more than $3 million in luxury tax and open up another roster spot. The Nets have had interest in Thornton at various points in his six-year career.
One thing is for sure, the Nets, who were thought to be conservative at this year's deadline, are quite aggressive and looking to improve right now.
- Sources: MRI reveals that Kings' Isaiah Thomas has strained ligaments in wrist - Adrian Wojnarowski - Yahoo! Sports
- Kings, Nets engaged in trade discussions - Adrian Wojnarowski - Yahoo! Sports
- Report: Kings and Nets discussing Marcus Thornton for Jason Terry and Reggie Evans deal - Sactown Royalty