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Report: Nets agreed to deal to get Marcus Thornton from Kings; Nets near adding Hill from Lakers

Feb 19, 2014, 2:25 PM EDT

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We passed along the report this trade was being discussed yesterday. Apparently it’s about to be much more than discussed, and with that the Nets continue to laugh at the NBA’s new, stiffer luxury tax.

The Nets and Kings have agreed in principle to a trade that would send Marcus Thornton to the Nets in exchange for Jason Terry and Reggie Evans, reports Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports. There are no picks or cash involved, just the players.

Thornton’s contract has two years and nearly $17 million remaining through the 2014-15 season. Terry, 36, has $10.7 million left on his deal, including $5.4 million next season.

Brooklyn had discussed a deal involving Terry for Cleveland’s Jarrett Jack, too, but sources tell Yahoo Sports that is an unlikely scenario based on the length of Jack’s contract, which guarantees a total of $12.6 million in the final two years of his deal through the 2015-16 season.

This move would save Sacramento just shy of $1 million, although most likely they would try to move Terry and Evans again this summer in future deals. It essentially breaks up the big Thornton contract into two smaller ones that may be easier to move.

The Nets clearly don’t care about the money because they are about to take on the salary of Jordan Hill from the Lakers.

The Nets’ $5.25 million Disabled Player Exception can be used in a trade or free-agent transaction until March 10 and they can use a portion of it to absorb the remaining $3.5 million on Hill’s expiring contract.

Nevertheless, the luxury tax penalty from absorbing Hill’s contract would be extraordinary for Brooklyn – nearly $17 million… If the Nets also were to complete a deal for Hill, the team’s salaries and luxury tax would reach $210 million.

That’s a lot of money to, at best, make the second round of the Eastern Conference playoffs.

Hill brings good energy on the court (although Mike D’Antoni was never a fan for several reasons including a lack of offensive skill) and could give the Nets some decent play at the four and five off the bench. But he’s a pedestrian NBA big about to cost the Nets $17 million. Ridiculous. It’s not my money and apparently Nets’ owner Mikhail Prokhorov doesn’t need it, but that is the definition of overpaying.

In the larger trade, basically these two teams are swapping disappointing players.

Thornton is in the midst of his worst season as a professional. Remember that two seasons ago he averaged 18.7 points a game with a true shooting percentage of 54.4 percent — back then he was seen as part of the Kings’ future.

What he’s evolved into is a volume scorer who is struggling to put points on the board. This season he is scoring 8.3 points a game with a true shooting percentage is 48.5. What made him dangerous before was his ability to knock down the three, but he is shooting just 31.8 percent from deep this season.

Brooklyn is betting that a change of scenery and surrounding him with veterans will bring back the old scorer and shooter. If so he certainly helps their wing depth.

Sacramento isn’t making this trade for the players. Terry’s game has been in decline for years — he can still shoot the three (37 percent, and he still loves the right corner) but he can’t create his own shot or defend well anymore. Reggie Evans brings energy and for that reason fans love him, and he works hard on the glass, but he is limited in just about every other way. He’s a decent big off the bench because of his effort but he’s a role player.

  1. tonydelk - Feb 19, 2014 at 2:29 PM

    $17 million for a backup shooting guard. Brooklyn you’ve done it again!

    • casualcommenter - Feb 19, 2014 at 2:56 PM

      “Dang, that’s an overpay.” – Joe Johnson

  2. 00maltliquor - Feb 19, 2014 at 2:58 PM

    I FxxKING HATE the Lakers right now. Bunch of clowns running the circus.

    • asimonetti88 - Feb 19, 2014 at 3:47 PM

      At the end of the day, if the Lakers aren’t going to use Hill, they should get something back for him. I have no idea if this will take the Lakers under the luxury tax line, but if it does, it’s not that bad of a deal, as it will make it incredibly easier for them to spend freely in the future by removing the repeater tax.

      I wish that D’Antoni played The Garbage Man more, but D’Antoni is D’Antoni, so might as well get some value for Hill because you know they aren’t getting rid of D’Antoni.

      • 00maltliquor - Feb 19, 2014 at 4:28 PM

        Definitely not going to put them under the line, all it does is just save money and we get pretty much nothing in return for a very, very good/underrated player. They should be building WITH him, not trading him. He’s a rare player IMO and I think it’s vital to have a piece like Hill on any serious team. MDA needs to be shown the door. I’ll give it to him that he’s used what he’s been giving pretty decent, but he could do better. Not using Hill is a HUGE mistake.

      • 00maltliquor - Feb 19, 2014 at 4:30 PM

        …and getting rid of Hill is even bigger of a mistake.

      • aboogy123456 - Feb 19, 2014 at 4:42 PM

        I agree he’s so underrated. Whenever he’s in the game he seems to make so many important plays, especially on the defensive end. If pau is gone, I would like Hill to be the starting center next year, not sure who else would be a better option.

      • asimonetti88 - Feb 19, 2014 at 5:17 PM

        Yes I wish that D’Antoni played The Garbage Man more. Like Kurt often says on PBT, energy is a skill and Hill has a lot of it. He is a good rebounder, can cause disruption with his activity on defense. He might not be a starter, but as depth off the bench, you could do a ton worse. Like Chris Kaman for example.

      • 00maltliquor - Feb 19, 2014 at 8:31 PM

        @ asi

        Kaman really isn’t that bad either. But as far as Hill goes, he should be a starter in this league. If given a starting role with real starters minutes I think he could lead the league in REB, at the very least in off. rebs. and a top 3 rebounder overall. Plus he can score, unlike the author leads you to believe. I think the guy is a flat out stud.

      • asimonetti88 - Feb 19, 2014 at 11:19 PM

        He needs to improve his offensive repertoire greatly if he’s going to be a starter.

  3. jcmeyer10 - Feb 19, 2014 at 3:03 PM

    Watching the Nets spend is like watching a guy pound shots at a bar. How long until they understand what they are doing?

    • sellahh - Feb 19, 2014 at 3:14 PM

      Until the morning after, meaning probably 2020.
      But seriously, Thornton contract is for 1,5 year, so is Terry’s. Some more pocket money to spend for Prokhorov, no big deal.
      And Hill would be a great addition for them too, he expires after this season and would probably added as an all-in type of move.
      I don’t know why the Lakers would do it though since Nets don’t even have 2nd rounders.
      Nets need to stop trading picks, ever, moves like this are meh.

      • jcmeyer10 - Feb 19, 2014 at 3:16 PM

        Haha yah, it’s just funny. It seems like the two buzz words of this year are “cap space” and “flexibility”. I reckon the Lakers just didn’t see it in the long run so they could be ready to make a move before 2015 if it presents itself.

    • asimonetti88 - Feb 19, 2014 at 3:49 PM

      Nets are going to have to have a Houston Astros-like rebuilding phase after all this, where they go through some super brutal seasons to rebuild.

      • coachjac30 - Feb 19, 2014 at 4:23 PM

        Why does everyone think that?

        The owner has proven he is willing to spend any amount of money to win (it just so happens his coach and gm suck so maybe he should spend some better money there) meaning that free agents would be more than willing to sign there because they know money isn’t going to be an issue when It comes to building a team.

        Yeah, so they’ve lost some first round picks in 16 and 18, but why do those two picks matter as much as everyone says?

  4. sportsnut101 - Feb 19, 2014 at 3:21 PM

    Billy king is all aboard the I dont care train its not my money

    He would be gm of the yr if he could trade dwilliams to any1 even to boston for rondo

  5. sportsnut101 - Feb 19, 2014 at 3:26 PM

    So al thorton n joe Johnson the 2 most disappearing sg in the league one night they drop 30 on u
    Then next 8 games they are d league players

    • jpa1713 - Feb 19, 2014 at 7:37 PM

      Al thornton is no longer in the NBA.

  6. aboogy123456 - Feb 19, 2014 at 3:33 PM

    If Jordan hill and pau are both gone after this season, who is gonna play center for the lakers? I thought Jordan hill could be a great option because he’s so great on defense and rebounding. He can score too but it’s not like he will need to be a focal point of the offense to be effective.

  7. aboogy123456 - Feb 19, 2014 at 3:38 PM

    If Jordan hill and pau are both gone after this season, who is gonna play center for the lakers?

  8. iamawesome2014 - Feb 19, 2014 at 4:02 PM

    I admire Mikhails want to win a championship but the first mistake he made was hiring Jason Kidd as the head coach. There were plenty of other proven coaches available to coach the Nets roster. Phil Jackson said he wouldnt but that was before KG and Pierce…. Lionel Hollins was available, George Karl (though his run system wouldnt work with this team), Jerry sloan, brian shaw,….. and he chose kidd. lol. That was mistake number one. Two was not putting lopez on the trading block sooner. Has he had a season where he hasnt been injured?

    • Kevin S. - Feb 19, 2014 at 6:37 PM

      Brook Lopez didn’t miss a game his cirst three seasons. Coming into this year, he had one significant injury. Now that he’s re-broken the foot it’s a lot different, but to have acted like he was a ticking time bomb beforehand would have been inconsistent with what we knew at the time.

  9. lakerade - Feb 19, 2014 at 4:45 PM

    Hill was/is definitely going to get a bigger offer than the Lakers would want to pay this summer, so moving him for anything is good. That it is for nothing more than salary savings speaks to the lack of any other better trade options currently out there.

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