The trade that saw the Brooklyn Nets send Jason Terry and Reggie Evans to the Sacramento Kings for Marcus Thornton is a peculiar one. At first glance, it appears to be a win-win deal for both squads that ultimately will work in the favor of Brooklyn.
The Nets were able to get rid of Terry’s unwelcomed contract for a player who has some offensive upside. More importantly, Brooklyn subtracted two players who have provided little production this season for a player who will provide necessary depth on the bench.
Terry’s 4.5 points per game will certainly not be missed. On the contrary, Evans’ 5.0 rebounds per contest, which ranked third on the team among active players, is a bit of a loss. In the long run, Thornton’s 8.3 points per game in 24.4 minutes of action will prove to be more reliable, especially if the Nets are serious about making some noise in the postseason.
The move also works in the favor of the Kings. Even though Terry and Evans aren’t exactly ideal trade pieces, Sacramento had no room for Thornton to excel because of Ben McLemore in the lineup. Therefore, getting anything for him at this point was better than to have him take up space on the roster.
Thornton should prove to be a valuable asset off the bench for the Nets in the second half of the season. His career-low .381 field goal percentage isn’t exactly ideal, but all signs point to him raising his percentage to around his career average (.432) in the right environment. Not to mention, he’s more than capable of converting from beyond the arc, which could prove to be beneficial down the stretch and in the playoffs.