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Cavaliers, Nets reportedly talking trade: Jarrett Jack for Marcus Thornton

Jun 21, 2014, 4:29 PM EDT

Jarrett Jack, Andre Iguodala, Harrison Barnes AP

The Nets are looking to add point guard depth to protect themselves in the seemingly likely event that Shaun Livingston leaves this summer in free agency, while the Cavaliers (and their 23rd ranked offense)could certainly use some additional scoring off the bench.

The two teams are reportedly engaged in trade talks that could help accomplish those goals for both sides.

From Marc Stein of ESPN.com:

The Brooklyn Nets and Cleveland Cavaliers are discussing a swap of guards Marcus Thornton and Jarrett Jack, according to sources briefed on the talks.

Sources told ESPN.com that the Nets, after acquiring Thornton at the trade deadline in February, have identified Jack as a prime target for increasing their options at point guard.

Brooklyn would like to re-sign Livingston, who played consistently well and started for the team in 45 of his 63 appearances. But the salary cap limits what they have to offer, which is the mid-level exception at just over $3 million per year for three seasons.

As for Jack, he’s under contract for over $12 million in total over the next two seasons, but the Nets have no problem absorbing salary if they believe it will help the product on the floor to produce additional victories.

Thornton would be playing for his fourth team heading into his sixth season if this trade were to happen, mainly because he’s an offense-only option that runs either very hot or very cold, with little in between. But the Cavaliers need offense, and when Thornton is on, that’s definitely something he can provide.

One interesting wrinkle to this could be the Nets positioning themselves to be able to deal Deron Williams, should such a scenario present itself. It’s not likely by any means, especially given Williams’ injury history with his ankles (which both underwent surgery at the end of May) and the fact that he’s owed $62 million over the next three years.

But Jack is a capable point guard, and should Brooklyn be able to convince Livingston to stay, that would be a workable backcourt tandem in the event that Williams is either injured or traded at anytime next season.

  1. money2long - Jun 21, 2014 at 4:58 PM

    Nets win this trade. The end

  2. mungman69 - Jun 21, 2014 at 5:07 PM

    The Nets are old and have no draft picks. Zero. They are going to bring in some younger talent somehow.

    • John X - Jul 1, 2014 at 9:48 PM

      I just wonder why people always mention this when with the exception of the Thunder, who are still in the upper half of teams in the NBA, the best teams are all old! Like I love the draft. It’s good TV. But 30 teams pick a player and not all of them pan out. Not close. And rarely do they make playoff impact. It’s always the vets who do it and/or young guys paired with vets. Just a fact.

  3. haterhurter937 - Jun 21, 2014 at 5:12 PM

    Nets win this trade? Did you not see jack play at all last season?

    • money2long - Jun 21, 2014 at 5:18 PM

      Did u see Thornton play

      • jeffkx - Jun 21, 2014 at 5:21 PM

        Let’s be honest guys..there are no winners in this trade..

      • sportsfan18 - Jun 22, 2014 at 6:33 PM

        jeffkx

        nailed it buddy…

        the Nets were going nowhere next season with or without this…

        fine, give them another two wins or so… they’re still not challenging for anything…

        much to do about nothing…

    • 22yearsagotoday - Jun 21, 2014 at 8:11 PM

      Haterhunter: good luck to you!

    • jeffkx - Jun 22, 2014 at 11:05 PM

      I actually think Jarrett is a better player than he showed last year..Mike Brown’s offense was awful..but paying him $6.3m a year for 3 years was NUTS..

  4. loubearkane - Jun 21, 2014 at 5:42 PM

    At least Thornton can score. Think Livingston is going to accept 3M when you’d be paying Jack 6M and Jack isn’t half the player.

    Houston is going to strike out on Melo & Bron and will set it’s sights on Deron Williams for their “Big 3″

    • 22yearsagotoday - Jun 21, 2014 at 8:13 PM

      The potential for change is incredible. Deron Williams with Harden would be a very good backcourt.

      • sportsfan18 - Jun 22, 2014 at 6:36 PM

        D Williams no longer has ankles…

        sad when injury and health affect these athletes before their careers are over…

  5. csbanter - Jun 21, 2014 at 7:02 PM

    At this point getting Jack would be an upgrade over D Will. Livingston played well hopefully he gives the Nets a hometown discount.

  6. 00maltliquor - Jun 21, 2014 at 10:42 PM

    See this right here is the type of s hit that gets me all the time!

    Back when the Nets traded for Deron, the next season he was a free agent. All they were doing was begging him toresign. And if he ddidn’t it would have been *f word* Deron man, we should have kept Favors! etc. etc.

    Now he’s not what he should have been and it’s we need to get rid of him for good, all in a couple short seasons.

    THIS IS WHY guys like LeBron, Kevin Love, Melo and others should do whatever it is they want and go wherever they please WITHOUT being freaking chastised!!!!!!!! Love em when they good, toss them when they get used up.

    FREEDOM OF CHOICE! THIS IS ‘MERICA! THEY DON’T REALLY LOVE YOU!

    • mazblast - Jun 23, 2014 at 1:55 AM

      “This is business, it isn’t personal”.–Michael Corleone

  7. ljl2 - Jun 22, 2014 at 9:08 AM

    For Cavs, don’t see this being about getting Thonton but about getting an $8m expiring contract to swing in another deal.

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