Brooklyn Nets, Sacramento Kings Reportedly Discussing Marcus Thornton Trade

Zach Buckley@@ZachBuckleyNBANational NBA Featured ColumnistFebruary 18, 2014

Sacramento Kings' Marcus Thornton plays against the Minnesota Timberwolves in the first quarter of an NBA basketball game, Wednesday, Jan. 15, 2014, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Jim Mone)
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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's David Aldridge, the deal is done: 

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:

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:

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.

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, 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.

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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:

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).

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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, 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 seasonsee: Rudy Gay and Derrick Williamsso 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.

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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.

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 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.