Marc Stein of ESPN.com reported Saturday afternoon that the Nets and Cleveland Cavaliers are discussing a deal that would include Jarrett Jack and Marcus Thornton.
Going online now: ESPN sources say Nets and Cavs are discussing Marcus Thornton-for-Jarrett Jack trade
— Marc Stein (@ESPNSteinLine) June 21, 2014
Devin Kharpertian of TheBrooklynGame.com did throw some cold water onto the rumor after the Stein report, though.
source in Nets org calls Thornton-Jack rumor "not legitimate"— devin kharpertian (@uuords) June 21, 2014
In comments to NetsDaily, league sources later suggested the report was not as it seems, adding that "any talks appear to be less than meets the eye."
In Cleveland, beat writer Jason Lloyd of the Akron Beacon-Journal reported the rumor without comment other than to note there were similar talks at the trade deadline.
In regards to Thornton/Jack rumor: Similar talks held last trade deadline. Thornton only has 1 year left on his deal. Jack has 2 more.— Jason Lloyd (@JasonLloydABJ) June 21, 2014
But Sam Amico of FOX Sports Ohio called the rumor ""inaccurate."
The Nets were angling to acquire Jack at the trade deadline, but ultimately acquired Thornton from Sacramento in exchange for Jason Terry and Reggie Evans. Thornton is now an expiring $8 million contract that can be used for teams looking to shed money next summer while Jack has three years remaining on his deal, all of which are worth $6.3 million. However, his deal is only guaranteed for $500,000 in 2016-2017.
There has been no picks reportedly included in a potential deal, but besides the first pick, the Cavs have the No. 33 pick.
Jack had a down year in his first with the Cavs, averaging nine points and four assists in 28 minutes per game after being a spark plug off the bench for the Golden State Warriors two years ago, averaging almost 13 points per game and five assists. Jason Kidd is reportedly a big fan of Jack's game.
This could be seen as insurance for the Nets if Shaun Livingston was to leave during free agency. Stein said that the Nets are "concerned about losing Livingston to a richer offer" in free agency. The Nets can offer Livingston only three years, $10 million because of how far the team is into the luxury tax.
- Brooklyn Nets, Cleveland Cavaliers discuss swap of Marcus Thornton, Jarrett Jack - Marc Stein - ESPN New York
- What would Marcus Thornton for Jarrett Jack trade mean Brooklyn Nets? - Mike Mazzeo - ESPN New York
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- Report: Nets, Cavaliers talking Jarrett Jack, Marcus Thornton swap - Matt Moore - CBS Sports
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- Report: Nets, Cavs discussing Marcus Thornton, Jarrett Jack swap - Alex Suskind - Sports Illustrated