Updates from Friday, Feb. 21
According to Jason Jones of The Sacramento Bee, Jason Terry will rehab in Dallas for the remainder of the season:
Coach Michael Malone says in radio interview that Jason Terry will not join Kings, will rehab in Dallas rest of season— Jason Jones (@mr_jasonjones) February 22, 2014
Speculation surrounding a potential trade involving Jason Terry increased in the days leading up to the NBA trade deadline, and on Wednesday, a deal was finally made.
According to SportsCenter on Twitter, the Brooklyn Nets have struck an agreement with the Sacramento Kings to swap Terry and Reggie Evans for Marcus Thornton:
ESPN's Mike Mazzeo passed along a quote from the preseason that now seems especially ludicrous in hindsight:
"There's something in the air here that says the Brooklyn #Nets will be champions next year." -- Jason Terry 7/18/13— Mike Mazzeo (@MazzESPN) February 19, 2014
It's safe to say things haven't quite gone according to plan.
Although the Nets entered the All-Star break in a playoff spot, that had more to do with the weak nature of the Eastern Conference than the play of the team, as they stood at 24-27 and nearly 16 games behind the Indiana Pacers. And it certainly didn't have anything to do with Terry.
The "Jet" has failed for takeoff (I'm sorry) this season, stumbling to career lows in minutes (16.3 per game), points (4.5), rebounds (1.1), assists (1.6), steals (0.4) and field-goal percentage (36.2). The once-enthralling source of instant offense has been unable to make any kind of an impact in his 15th NBA campaign.
As Newsday's Rod Boone noted, this is a disappointing end to a frustrating stint for Terry:
Jason Terry said he's not sure if trade rumors involving him are true. If he's moved, he said he'd disappointed. Wanted to win title in BK.— Rod Boone (@rodboone) February 19, 2014
But with his final goodbye, the veteran guard was able to provide the Nets with a nice parting gift.
How would you grade this deal for the Nets?
Thornton certainly doesn't come without his deficiencies—in 2013-14, he's shooting a career-low 38.1 percent from the field and averaging only 8.3 points a game—but he can score in a hurry. The 26-year-old LSU product can play the same instant-offense role off the bench that Terry was meant to play.
At the very least, he significantly improves the Nets' second unit and gives them a better shot at making some noise down the stretch in the weak East.
As for Sacramento, taking on Terry is strictly about a salary dump. According to ShamSports.com, he is set to make just less than $6 million next season (compared to Thornton's roughly $8.5 million), freeing up more room on the books for the team to continue its rebuilding process.