Don't be alarmed by that squeaky noise behind your ears.
UPDATE: Wednesday, Feb. 19, at 1:55 p.m. ET by Adam Fromal
Marcus Thornton is now the latest contributor to the league's highest payroll.
According to NBA.com's David Aldridge, the deal is done:
Nets, Kings complete trade of Marcus Thenron for Jason Terry and Reggie Evans. No picks involved.— David Aldridge (@daldridgetnt) February 19, 2014
The news has since been confirmed by the Nets themselves:
Still no word on whether Jason Terry will be getting a Sacramento Kings tattoo.
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UPDATE: Wednesday, Feb. 19, at 12:45 p.m. ET by Dan Favale
Yahoo! Sports' Adrian Wojnarowski confirms that the Nets and Kings are on the verge of striking a deal:
Brooklyn-Sacramento nearing agreement on Jason Terry-Reggie Evans for Marcus Thornton deal, as Yahoo reported Tuesday. No picks or cash.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojYahooNBA) February 19, 2014
Jason Terry is going to be so mad.
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UPDATE: Wednesday, Feb. 19, at 12:40 p.m. ET by Dan Favale
Trade talks between the Nets and Kings are no longer heating up. Per the Akron Beacon Journal's Jason Lloyd, they're on fire:
Kings-Nets deal involving Jason Terry and Marcus Thornton nearing completion, per league source. #Cavs had been linked to both players— Jason Lloyd (@JasonLloydABJ) February 19, 2014
Get your checkbook ready, Mikhail Prokhorov. A steeper luxury-tax bill appears to be in transit as well.
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UPDATE: Tuesday, Feb. 18, at 11:41 p.m. ET by Ben Leibowitz
According to Bleacher Report's Jared Zwerling, the Marcus Thornton/Brooklyn Nets trade talks are now heating up.
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
If the deal happens, the Nets will add another shooter to bolster their backcourt, as Jason Terry has been vastly ineffective since joining Brooklyn via trade.
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UPDATE: Tuesday, Feb. 18, at 10:24 p.m. ET by Ben Leibowitz
According to Mike Mazzeo of ESPNNewYork.com, the rumors surrounding a possible trade involving Marcus Thornton and the Brooklyn Nets may not be too serious:
The Nets have also been tied to Cleveland Cavaliers veteran Jarrett Jack, so it will be interesting to see if they add either overpaid guard moving forward.
FWIW: hearing Thornton stuff is just "speculation" at this point #Nets— Mike Mazzeo (@MazzESPN) February 19, 2014
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It's just the sound of the Sacramento Kings' self-inflated playoff balloon officially deflating. According to Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports, the Kings have entered garage-sale mode and found a possible buyer in the Brooklyn Nets:
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
Even envelope-pushing Kings majority owner Vivek Ranadive would have a hard time selling this potential deal as anything but a salary dump.
Reggie Evans has struggled to make his one-trick talent impactful enough to see the floor. The rebounding specialist has appeared in 30 of Brooklyn's 51 games, averaging only five rebounds and 2.7 points in 13.3 minutes per contest.
Jason Terry's been slightly more involved (35 games), but equally ineffective. The "Jet" has crash-landed to career lows in points (4.5), assists (1.6) and minutes (16.3) per game as well as field-goal percentage (36.2).
Both players are on the wrong side of 30 (Evans is 33, Terry is 36) and the downside of their careers.
So, why would Sacramento have any interest? Because these two players are a little cheaper than the shot-chucking Marcus Thornton. According to ShamSports.com, Thornton's set to collect $16.6 million over the next two seasons, while Evans and Terry combined are slated for a shade under $15 million during the same stretch.
The Kings have taken a few home run hacks this season—see: Rudy Gay and Derrick Williams—so this might be their chance to start thinking about portion control.
"While it's about the same salary and years coming back to the Kings, it chops it up into smaller, and thus more moveable pieces," Akis Yerocostas of Sactown Royalty noted.
Thornton's worth nowhere near the amount of cake he's still owed, so it's only natural he'd find his way to Mikhail Prokhorov's gluttonous bakery. The "Bayou Bomber" is an offensive black hole (career 43.2 field-goal percentage, 15.8 field-goal attempts per 36 minutes) and a sieve at the opposite end.
There are some highs amid his cluster of lows (nine games with 15-plus points, including a 42-point barrage last month), and the punchless Nets (102.9 points per 100 possessions, 17th overall) might not need more than a few haymakers out of him to make this worth their time.
Which team would get the better end of this deal if it were to take place?
With championship hopes, a second-round ceiling and a mortgaged future, the Nets are painfully short on options. They won't have significant cap space before 2016 and cannot move a draft pick before 2020—roughly the same year current starters Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce will file their AARP applications.
The fact that any avenue to potential improvement exists is nothing short of a miniature miracle.
Considering the other names reportedly being bandied about in Brooklyn, Thornton may actually have the appearance of a pseudo-star. According to Yahoo! Sports, the Nets are interested in Jordan Hill while ESPN.com suggests they'd like to acquire Jarrett Jack.
Still, it's hard to imagine a championship hopeful pursuing Thornton as a win-now piece.
Maybe Garnett's booming voice has wafted outside the locker room and made it all the way to the executive suites. Maybe Nets general manager Billy King is subscribing a little too hard to the Big Ticket's "anything is possible" theory.