Nets get Thornton from Kings as trade deadline nears

Posted at 02/20/2014 9:23 AM
Sacramento Kings guard Marcus Thornton (23) drives the ball past Denver Nuggets guard Ty Lawson (3) in the second half of their NBA basketball game Sunday, January 26, 2014 at Sleep Train Arena. Photo by Lance Iversen, USA TODAY Sports/Reuters.

NEW YORK - The Brooklyn Nets obtained shooting guard Marcus Thornton from the Sacramento Kings in exchange for guard Jason Terry and forward Reggie Evans on Wednesday as the NBA trade deadline approached.

Thursday afternoon marks the deadline for swaps and deal-making this season, with Boston guard Rajon Rondo and Los Angeles Lakers big man Pau Gasol among those who might find new clubs.

The Nets, who at 24-27 rank seventh in the Eastern Conference, hope the 26-year-old Thornton can make a difference.

"Marcus is a proven scorer in this league," Nets general manager Billy King said. "He is a young talent who will help us in the backcourt."

Thornton is averaging only 8.3 points a game this season for the Kings after scoring 18.7 points a game last season and 21.3 points a game in the 2012-2013 campaign.

"Thxs to the Sacramento organization and most of all the fans for showing me love since my 1st day in sac really appreciate it," Thornton posted on his Twitter page.

Terry has averaged 4.5 points a game in 35 appearances for the Nets since arriving before the season in the same deal that brought Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett to Brooklyn. Evans is averaging 2.7 points and 5.0 rebounds a game.

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