The Brooklyn Nets have pulled off a three-team trade involving the Cleveland Cavaliers and Boston Celtics that sends Marcus Thornton to Boston and brings back point guard Jarrett Jack and a former first-round pick from last season in Sergey Karasev, according to Marc Stein of ESPN.
In the deal, the Nets get Jack and Karasev, the Celtics get Thornton, and Tyler Zeller and a future first-round pick from the Caveliers. The Cavs merely get coveted cap space. It’s a deal that works out for all three teams if the Cavs can turn that cap space into LeBron James. If they can’t, the Nets still get their backup point guard, the Celtics continue to stockpile draft picks and the Cavs are burned by LeBron for a second time.
There have been rumors that the Nets and Cavs would swap Thornton and Jack for weeks now, but the Cavaliers wanted a third team involved so they could immediately off-load Thornton to clear cap space to potentially sign LeBron James.
Jack, who will turn 31 in October, provides the Nets with a veteran presense behind Deron Williams. He averaged 12.1 points, 5.2 assists and 3.6 rebounds per 36 minutes while shooting 44.3 percent from the floor and 35.6 percent behind the arc. He’s owed $12.6 million over the next two seasons.
Karasev, who will turn 21 in October, was a 19th overall pick in last year’s draft. He played in just 22 games for the Cavs last year and averaged 8.5 points, 3.7 rebounds and 1.4 assists per 36 minutes with a 34.3 shooting percentage. He spent the majority of last season in the D-League where he averaged 16.2 points, 6.0 rebounds and 2.9 assists per 36 minutes. He’s owed $1.59 million next season and has team options for two years after that.
This is a solid deal for the Nets. They get a backup point guard and some youth and they only had to give up Thornton to get it which isn’t bad considering that his shot was inconsistent and he was weak on defense. It’s impossible to predict the impact Karasev will have on this team, but there is no doubt that with him, Mason Plumlee, Bojan Bogdanovic, Markel Brown and Cory Jefferson that this team has a decent core of young players.