It wasn't as a rumored, a straight up one-for-one deal, but Marcus Thornton has been traded not to the Cleveland Cavaliers but to the Boston Celtics in a three-team deal that will return Jarrett Jack and Sergey Karasev to the Brooklyn Nets, from the .
Three-team trade will see Nets acquire Jarrett Jack and Sergey Karasev from Cleveland. Boston gets Thornton, Zeller and a first— Marc Stein (@ESPNSteinLine) July 9, 2014
Boston is third team in deal will acquire Tyler Zeller from Cleveland as well as future first-rounder and Marcus Thornton from Nets— Marc Stein (@ESPNSteinLine) July 9, 2014
The first round pick is reported to have come from the Cavliers, going to the Celtics.
With ESPN-reported trade of Jarrett Jack and opening of space, and Cavs giving up first-rounder, space now there for LeBron in Cleveland.— Ira Winderman (@IraHeatBeat) July 9, 2014
Adrian Wojnarowksi has all the details...
Boston gets: Marcus Thornton-Tyler Zeller, Cavs 2016 protected pick. Top 10 in '16, '17 or '18. Unprotected in '19.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojYahooNBA) July 9, 2014
In three-way deal, Brooklyn gets: Cleveland's Jarrett Jack and Sergey Karasev.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojYahooNBA) July 9, 2014
For Cavaliers, there are no assurances on LeBron James -- and Plan B remains free agent Trevor Ariza into part of space, sources tell Yahoo.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojYahooNBA) July 9, 2014
The Celtics used the $10.3 million trade exception they received in last year's deal with the Nets, and didn't have to give up any assets other than a future second rounder to Cleveland.
None of the Nets draft rights have much value. Drejer, a second round pick in 2004, retired six years ago after a series of ankle injuries ended his career; Karaman didn't play a game this season after double knee surgery and Bavcic, acquired in the Tyshawn Taylor deal, is 31 and at the end of his European career.
The deal appears, at least for now, to be a win-win-win, with Cleveland opening up a $20.7 million foster spot for LeBron James, if he decides to return to Ohio, Brooklyn getting a back-up point guard who the team long wanted; a long-term prospect and a Russian to boot, while Boston comes away with the biggest haul, a serviceable shooter on an expiring contract; a young, developing seven-footer and a first round pick.
The Nets probably assume the biggest risk in that Jack is owed nearly $13 million and if he doesn't return to his pre-Cleveland productivity, could be come a cap albatross.
Thornton was traded to the Nets during last season’s All-Star break, with the Nets giving up little used assets in Jason Terry and Reggie Evans. After being traded to Brooklyn, Thornton averaged 12.3 points per game and shot 38%. His streaky shooting was a huge asset to the Nets’ bench, but his inconsistency often killed them as well.
The trade is a big slap in the face at Kidd. At the deadline, he wanted the Nets to trade Terry and Evans to Cleveland for Jack. The Nets brass advised him to be patient, that Thornton with his expiring deal would be a better asset in summer and they could make an offer for Jack then. As one Nets exec said, "He was wrong. We were right."
Sergey Karasev was the 19th overall pick the 2013 draft, but averaged just 1.7 points per game while receiving less than eight minutes per contest. He only played in 22 NBA games and spent a good portion of his rookie season in the D-League, where he averaged 13 points per game.
Here are some D-League highlights...
Although Mark Stein broke the story, Jack signaled everyone just before the first Stein tweet that something was up.
I got news— JARRETT JACK (@Jarrettjack03) July 9, 2014
- Jarrett Jack of Cleveland Cavaliers headed to Brooklyn Nets, with Boston Celtics also part of trade - Marc Stein - ESPN
- AP Source: Cavs agree to 3-way trade - AP
- Sources: Cavs create cap room to try to sign LeBron James with three-team trade - Adrian Wojnarowksi - Yahoo! Sports
- With Eye on LeBron James, Cavaliers Trade Guard to Nets - Andrew Keh & Scott Cacciola - New York Times
- Nets get Jarrett Jack in three-team trade that could help Cavaliers clear cap space to sign LeBron James - Stefan Bondy - New York Daily News
- Cavaliers make room for LeBron by dealing Jack to Nets - Tim Bontemps - New York Post
- Cleveland Cavaliers trade Jarrett Jack to Nets, clearing space for LeBron James - Rod Boone - Newsday
- Brooklyn Nets agree to three-way trade deal with Cleveland Cavaliers, Boston Celtics - Andy Vasquez - The Record
- NBA: Nets do Cavs a big favor - Andy Vasquez - The Record
- With Trade for Jack, Nets Help Pave James's Road Out of Miami - Alex Raskin - Wall Street Journal
- Nets Fans, Let’s Not Get Too Excited About Jarrett Jack " CBS New York - Steve Lichtenstein - WFAN
- Analysis: Win-win for Nets, Cavs, LeBron - Mike Mazzeo - ESPN New York
- Cavaliers clear salary cap space in three-team trade - Jeff Zillgitt & Sam Amick - CBS Sports
- Grade the Trade: Cavaliers move into position for LeBron James? - Matt Moore - CBS Sports
- Report: Nets land Jarrett Jack in 3-team deal - Devin Kharpertian - The Brooklyn Game
- Here's Some Sergey Karasev Highlights From The D-League - Devin Kharpertian - The Brooklyn Game
- Hey, so Jarrett Jack loves playing the Knicks - - Devin Kharpertian - The Brooklyn Game
- Three-Way Trade About What’s Next - Yannis Koutroupis - Basketball Insiders
- Source: Celtics trade for Zeller as Cavs create space for LeBron - Steve Bulpett - Boston Herald
- Celtics add Tyler Zeller, Marcus Thornton and another 1st-round pick in trade - Baxter Holmes - Boston Globe
- Despite trade, Celtics’ rebuilding will take time - Baxter Holmes - Boston Globe
- Celtics’ Danny Ainge obliges desperate Cavaliers - Gary Washburn - Boston Globe
- After 3-Team Trade, Celtics Now Have An Incredible Number of Future 1st Round Draft Picks - Celtics Blog
- Celtics-Nets trade is the gift that keeps on giving - A. Sherrod Blakely - Comcast Sports Net
- Cleveland Cavaliers make three-team trade to create cap space for LeBron James: Report - Chris Fedor - Cleveland Plain-Dealer
- Cleveland Cavaliers Scribbles: Trade is all about LeBron James, sort of d.com - Terry Pluto - Cleveland Plain-Dealer
- Cavs' 3-team trade leaves roster in good shape, no matter what LeBron James decides - Brian Dulik - Chronicle-Telegram