Nets announce deal in statement released on Wednesday.
The Brooklyn Nets have acquired former Sacramento Kings star Marcus Thornton, with Jason Terry and Reggie Evans moving in the opposite direction.
“Marcus is a proven scorer in this league,” Nets general manager Billy King said in the statement. “He is a young talent who will help us in the backcourt.”
The 26-year-old took to Twitter to thank the Sacramento organisation and the fans for their support during his time with the Kings, while also seemingly revealing his excitement at becoming the latest piece added to the Brooklyn roster.
According to ESPN sources, the Nets had reportedly made Cleveland Cavaliers point guard Jarrett Jack their primary target, but Cleveland’s reluctance to take Terry ensured that those talks were ended.
As a result, Brooklyn diverted their attention to Thornton who is expected to provide them with an option off the bench, after averaging 8.3 points per game and 38.1 percent shooting this season.
In contrast, it is a disappointing end to the story for Terry who joined Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce in a huge trade deal on Draft night last year from the Boston Celtics, while Evans’ departure will be a loss given his significant rebounding numbers.
Nevertheless, the Nets appear to be delighted with their latest acquisition, while speculation suggests that they have yet to conclude their business ahead of the deadline at 8 p.m. GMT on Thursday.
Brooklyn are also trying to complete a trade with the Los Angeles Lakers for Jordan Hill, as they have a $5.25m buffer through the disabled player exception for Brook Lopez.
Hill has insisted that he is enjoying his spell with the Lakers, but also revealed that he would like more playing time, something that the Nets are hoping to entice him with despite interest from Phoenix and Dallas.