“Marcus is a proven scorer in this league,” said King. “He is a young talent who will help us in the backcourt.”
Thornton is a 26-year-old who was originally drafted in the second round of the 2009 NBA Draft. He has averaged 18.5 points with 4.2 rebounds and 2.1 assists per 36 minutes with a true shooting percentage of 53.7 percent. Those numbers are way down this year though to 12.3 points per 36 minutes and a TS% of 48.4.
Terry, 36, and Evans, 33, weren’t getting a lot of playing time this year and averaged 16.3 and 13.1 minutes per game respectively. Neither contributed much on offense as Terry has dealt with knee problems following surgery and has a TS% of 50.1 (a career low). Evans was valuable to the Nets last year when he averaged 16.3 rebounds per 36 minutes, but that number dropped to 13.6 this year which isn’t good enough for such a one-dimensional player.
The Nets are taking on slightly more money both this year and next in this deal. Terry earns $5.6 million this year and will earn $5.8 million next year while Evans earns $1.6 million this year and $1.7 next. Thornton will get $8 million this year and $8.5 next. It basically offsets the money they saved for dealing Tyshawn Taylor and Tornike Shengelia, but it does officially put them up over $190 million between payroll and luxury tax.
In this deal, the Nets are getting a small upgrade for Terry and dumping Evans, who has become a liability. There have been rumors that they will now go after Jordan Hill of the Los Angeles Lakers as a replacement for Evans. That will cost tremendously in luxury taxes so don’t be surprised if they pursue Jason Collins instead.