Sources tell ESPN.com’s Marc Stein that the Nets have identified Cleveland’s Jarrett Jack as a prime target for increasing their options at point guard. In return, the Cavaliers would get trigger-happy swingman Marcus Thornton.
Whereas Jack will be entering the second year of a four-year, $25 million deal, Thornton has only one year left on his contract, paying him $8.57 million, which appeals to the Cavs and new general manager David Griffin as they attempt to create as much salary-cap flexibility as possible for the summer of 2015.
Jack, though bringing veteran leadership to Cleveland, showed that he needed the ball in his hands to succeed on the floor as his per-game averages and efficiency fell across the board compared to his time in Golden State.
Thornton, conversely, has shown that he can score when given the opportunities, averaging 21 and 19 points per game, respectively, during his time in Sacramento. With the Nets last season, he scored 12.3 points per game on .511 eFG% (.547 TS).
While the move would likely be financial, the 27-year-old Thornton could also provide three-point shooting in David Blatt’s new offense.