The Brooklyn Nets have made the first splash as the NBA deadline draws near. According to a report by ESPN on Feb. 19, the Nets have added some scoring in obtaining guard Marcus Thornton in a trade with the Sacramento Kings in exchange for Jason Terry and Reggie Evans.
Although Thornton wasn't the team's first choice, as they were trying to acquire Jarrett Jack from the Cleveland Cavaliers, he does give them a scoring punch and should be a nice addition to the core players. In a statement released by the team following the transaction, Nets general manager Billy King said the addition of Marcus Thornton will help their backcourt.
"Marcus is a proven scorer in this league. He is a young talent who will help us in the backcourt."
Thornton was only averaging 8.3 points per game with the Kings this season but in the 2010-11 season he averaged 21.3 points per game. If the Nets can get any semblance of that, the team could make some noise in the playoffs.
In return for Thornton, the Kings get veteran guard Jason Terry who is nearing the end of his career and the 6-foot-8 forward Evans, known primarily for his rebounding.
Sources say the Nets aren't done dealing and that they are also looking to add Jordan Hill from the Los Angeles Lakers. Hill would add size to the Nets frontcourt with the absence of injured center Brook Lopez.