The Brooklyn Nets and Sacramento Kings have been looking at making a possible trade that would swap some big names, and the deal has finally been made official. According to Adrian Wojnarowski from Yahoo Sports, the Nets and Kings are finalizing a deal that sends Marcus Thornton to Brooklyn with Jason Terry and Reggie Evans heading back to Sacramento.
Sacramento and Brooklyn have reached an agreement in principle on the three-player trade, league source tells Yahoo Sports.
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojYahooNBA) February 19, 2014
The Nets receiving Marcus Thornton changes some things for them in terms of their offensive attack. He was expendable in Sacramento, but that isn’t a knock on his value. In fact, you have to look no further than what the Nets gave up to get Thornton to see just how valuable he is.
Brooklyn is still in pursuit of another big man to add to their roster, as Jordan Hill is still in play and those talks with the Lakers are not at all affected by this trade.
Sacramento wins as well, seeing as they just acquired a valuable veteran in Terry and a great piece in Reggie Evans. The Kings don’t seem to be in a win-now mode, but they could very well turn their season around late in the year and make a playoff push. That’s a tall order, but this trade definitely helps their chances.
We expected to see a trade like this go down at the deadline and the whole deal developed rather quickly in the last 72 hours. Still, the trade is a bit of a blockbuster and shows that the Kings known how to make great trades that land stars on their roster.