The Brooklyn Nets landed reserve guard Marcus Thornton in a trade from the Sacramento Kings on Feb. 19. The Nets, who were looking to add some scoring punch off their bench for the stretch drive, swapped veteran reserves Jason Terry and Reggie Evans for the 26-year old shooting guard.
“Jason Kidd and I talked and we felt we needed to add some youth to our team, and that’s why we did the deal,” Nets general manager Billy King said on Feb. 20.
"Marcus is a proven scorer in this league," Nets general manager Billy King said in the statement the team released on Wednesday. "He is a young talent who will help us in the backcourt."
Brooklyn is currently in sixth place in the Eastern Conference with a 25-27 record. The Nets, who are 5-5 in their last 10, defeated Utah 105-99 on Feb. 19, behind Joe Johnson’s 27 points. Brooklyn is three-games in back of Atlantic Division leading Toronto Raptors and four games clear of the ninth spot.
Marcus is a proven scorer in this league," Nets general manager Billy King said in the statement the team released on Wednesday. "He is a young talent who will help us in the backcourt."
Brooklyn is currently 21st in the Association in scoring with 97.4 points a game.
Thornton is averaging 8.3 points per game in 24.4 minutes of game. He is struggling shooting from the field this season as he is currently shooting a career-low 38.1 percent. He is averaging more than one triple a game (1.2) but is shooting a career- worst 31.8 percent from beyond the arc.
Thornton averaged 21.3 points in 2010-11 and followed that up with 18.7 points a game in 2011-12. He possesses a career scoring average of 13.5 points while shooting 43.1 percent from the field and 35.1 percent from beyond the arc.
Thornton will take Terry’s place in the rotation, backing up shooting guard Joe Johnson. Other members of the Nets backcourt include Deron Williams, Shaun Livingston, and Marquis Teague.
For the Kings, the move gives them – in addition to some minor savings –a more proven backup point guard and a bruiser in Evans who will add toughness and experience to their defensively-challenged team.
Terry, who was acquired by Brooklyn along with Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett, averaged 4.5 points in in 16.3 minutes of playing action. Terry, like Thornton, is struggling shooting from the field (36.2 percent) this season .
The 6-8 Evans, known for his rebounding, has appeared in 30 games and is averaging 2.7 points and 5.0 rebounds. He averaged 11.1 rebounds in 80 games last season.
Thornton is owed a combined $16.7 million for this season and next, and Terry will make approximately $10.7 combined and Evans $3.4 million in the same time span.
King said he hoped that Thornton can practice with the team Friday in San Francisco, so he gets to know Brooklyn’s system and its players. The Nets play at Golden State on Feb. 22.