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Report: Kings, Nets discussing Thornton for Terry, Evans trade

By Zach Harper | NBA writer

Thornton could provide a big scoring punch to the Nets' second unit. (USATSI)
Marcus Thornton could provide a big scoring punch to the Nets' second unit. (USATSI)

The Sacramento Kings and Brooklyn Nets are reportedly discussing a trade that would send shooting guard Marcus Thornton to Brooklyn in exchange for guard Jason Terry and forward Reggie Evans. It's a deal that would give the Nets a better scoring option off the bench and give the Kings some depth and salary relief for the next two seasons.

From Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports:

Thornton, just 26 years old, is having the lowest production of his career in Sacramento as coach Michael Malone has opted to give more minutes to players giving better effort on defense. The guard out of LSU is averaging a career low 8.3 points in just 24.4 minutes. He's also having the worst shooting season from the field (38.1 percent) and behind the 3-point line (31.8 percent) of his career.

However, he would provide a potentially more potent scoring punch than what Terry has given the Nets this season. In just 16.3 minutes per game, Terry has averaged 4.5 points on 36.2 percent from the field and 37.6 percent from behind the 3-point line. Terry has played in just 35 of the 51 games for Brooklyn. Evans hasn't provided much more than that in his 30 games. He's averaging 2.7 points and 5.0 rebounds in 13.3 minutes.

Thornton is signed through the 2014-15 season at just over $8 million this season and $8.5 million next season. Terry makes $5.6 million this season and is on the books for $5.8 million in 2014-15. Evans makes almost $1.7 million this season and his number for next season is almost $1.8 million.

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