According to a report, the Sacramento Kings and Brooklyn Nets have reached agreement on a trade that would bring veterans Jason Terry and Reggie Evans to the Kings in exchange for guard Marcus Thornton.
Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports, who reported the sides were discussing this deal on Tuesday, cited league sources as confirming the deal.
Thornton is two seasons removed from leading the Kings in scoring, but his minutes—and production—were inconsistent since coach Michael Malone took over the team this season.
Thornton played in 46 of the Kings 53 games so far this season, missing a Feb. 7 game against the Celtics because of a hip injury, but was also a DNP-CD (coach’s decision) six times before being inserted back into the starting lineup Jan. 7 in place of rookie Ben McLemore, who moved into the lineup after Thornton started the Kings first six games.
In his most recent stretch as a starter, Thornton averaged eight points, 2.1 rebounds and one assist per game on 38.4 percent shooting, 32.4 percent from 3-point range, in 25.4 minutes per game. While he exploded for a career-high 42 points in a loss to the Pacers on Jan. 24, Thornton only scored in double figures in five of his most recent 20 starts.
Terry, 36, missed 15 games in November and December because of a knee injury and is having the worst season of his career in his first year in Brooklyn. He is averaging just 4.5 points, 1.6 assists and 1.1 rebounds in 16.3 minutes per game. Evans has also had very inconsistent playing time this season, appearing in just 30 games. He missed the last two games for personal reasons, but had only gotten off the bench six times since Jan. 6, playing a total of 59 minutes in those games.
The 33-year-old was third in the NBA last season with 11.1 rebounds per game in 24.6 minutes a night, but is averaging just 13.3 minutes when he does play this year.
This is Sacramento’s this trade of the season. The Kings acquired Derrick Williams from the Minnesota Timberwolves for Luc Mbah a Moute in late November and picked up Rudy Gay, Quincy Acy and Aaron Gray from the Toronto Raptors in mid-December in exchange for Greivis Vasquez, Patrick Patterson, John Salmons and Chuck Hayes.