Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Sacramento Kings trade Marcus Thornton to the Brooklyn Nets

Let the trading season begin! With about 24 hours left until the trade deadline, the Nets and Kings have made the first splash.

According to SI
The Nets have agreed to trade guard Jason Terry and forward Reggie Evans to the Kings in exchange for guard Marcus Thornton, according to multiple reports.
NBA.com  and Yahoo Sports both reported Wednesday that a deal has been reached, with no additional picks or players being involved in the talks.

Making the trade for Marcus Thornton will give the Nets a shooter off the bench. The lineup will stay the same as Derron Williams and Shaun Livingston will continue to start in the backcourt.

Thornton has struggled this year shooting just 38% and averaging 8.3 points a game. When he gets hot, Thornton is a deadly shooter. In the 2010 season Thornton averaged 21 points and then in 2011 he averaged 18.7 points. At the age of 26, he will be able to bounce out of his shooting slump.

Back in January Thornton had 42 points against the Pacers, going 16-27 from the field and 7-15 from downtown. Two nights later against the Nuggets, he went 8-13 from the field for 19 points.

The Kings receive the 14 year veteran Jason Terry who is now 36 years old. I can't see him getting big minutes for a young Sacramento team who ranks last in the Western Conference at 18-35. Isaiah Thomas and Ben McLemore will see their minutes increase as the starting guards and Jimmer Fredette who is coming off a 24 point performance against the Knicks will see increased minutes off the bench as well.

Reggie Evans will be buried on the bench thanks to a loaded Kings front court led by DeMarcus Cousins, Jason Thompson, Rudy Gay, Derrick Williams, Quincy Acy and Carl Landry.



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