Kings trade Marcus Thornton to Nets for Jason Terry, Reggie Evans

The Sacramento Kings and Brooklyn Nets have agreed in principle to a deal that will send guard Marcus Thornton to the East and bring veterans Jason Terry and Reggie Evans West, a person with knowledge of the deal confirmed to USA TODAY Sports.

The person spoke on the condition of anonymity because the deal had not yet been finalized.

Thornton is owed a combined $16.7 million for this season and next, and Terry will make approximately $10.7 combined and Evans $3.4 million in the same timespan.

The Nets were on the lookout for more bench help, and seem to have found it in the 26-year-old player who averaged 18.7 points per game for the Kings in the 2011-12 season before falling down in the depth chart under first-year coach Mike Malone. Brooklyn is currently 24-27, good for seventh place in the Eastern Conference.

For the Kings, the move gives them – in addition to some minor savings –a more proven backup point guard and a bruiser in Evans who will add toughness and experience to their defensively-challenged team.

Yet the Kings' roster may still be in line for some changes before the trade deadline arrives at 3 p.m. Eastern time on Thursday, as point guard Jimmer Fredette is likely to find a new home and forward Jason Thompson is widely known to be available via trade if the price is right. Yahoo! Sports first reported the trade talks between the two teams.


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