Nets Acquire Thornton From Kings for Second Half Push

By Lenn Robbins | @lennrobbins
February 19, 2014

BROOKLYN--The Brooklyn Nets are looking to make a second half push this season. They believe they've gotten the player to help make that happen.

The Nets acquired prolific shooting guard Marcus Thornton from the Sacramento Kings for power forward Reggie Evans and veteran shooting guard Jason Terry.

Thornton is expected to join the Nets (24-27) for Saturday night's game at the Golden State Warriors. The Nets play at the Utah Jazz Wednesday night in their first game back after the All-Star Break.

Thornton, 26, averaged almost 20 points per game in his first two seasons in Sacramento under coach Paul Westphal. But he struggled to get minutes under coaches Keith Smart and Mike Malone.

"He gives the Nets a proven scorer and he makes them younger,'' said one NBA executive.

Thornton is a career 36-percent shooter from behind the arc. He's shooting 32 percent from behind the arc this season.

Overall, Thornton is averaging 8.3 points on 38.1-percent shooting. At 6-4, 205-pounds, Thornton gives the Nets another big, physical backcourt player.

Terry, 36, aka Jet, was a crowd favorite but off-season knee surgery limited him this season. He played in 35 of 51 games, averaging 2.5 points.

Evans, 33, continued his rugged rebounding, averaging five boards per game. But his limited offensive game – he averaged just 2.7 points – kept him out of 21 games.

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