The Brooklyn Nets are on the verge of improving their team through a great trade with the Sacramento Kings. They have agreed to send Jason Terry and Reggie Evans to the Kings for shooter Marcus Thorton, according to USA Today Sports.
To some this seems like a bonehead move by the Nets but to their loyal fans we see nothing but upside to this deal. Let’s be honest, Terry was a throw in for getting Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett and he has played that way since the season began so there will be no shedding of tears in Brooklyn. Evans has been in the doghouse for the past few months and has seen little playing time especially with the emergence of Mason Plumlee. Once again there will be no shedding of tears for his loss either.
The backcourt will be crowded with Thornton, Deron Williams, Shaun Livingston, Marquise Teague, Joe Johnson and Alan Anderson, but Thornton brings a dimension the Nets truly need, a knock down shooter. Johnson has his moments but he is not as reliable as he once was from the arc. Livingston and Teague can’t knock them down either, so Thornton will be an upgrade over those as well.
What makes this trade so good for the Nets is what it does for their second unit. Thornton will be on the floor with Plumlee, Andray Blatche, Anderson, Andrei Kirilenko and often with another great shooter in Mirza Teletovic. That lineup should provide plenty of great ball movement for which shooters thrive on. The Kings are not that good of a team and don’t have the spacing that Thornton needs to get a decent shot off and that’s one of the reasons for his decline this year.
The Nets bench has improved drastically with the addition of Thornton and the subtraction of Terry and Evans. Anytime you can trade away players who do not contribute for a player that can, it’s always a win-win for your club. The money is not an issue because the Nets have it to spend so how could anyone slam the Nets for making this deal. Don’t be surprised if the Nets make another major move either today or tomorrow with the signing of Jordan Hill. That move will put them over the top and almost guarantee them the third seed in the Eastern Conference.
Welcome to Brooklyn, Thornton. May you provide that spark the Nets need to get them closer to that parade on Atlantic Ave. in June.