NBA Trade Rumors: Cavs and Nets looking to swap guards

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As if hiring a new head coach and deliberating over the No. 1 pick was not enough, the Cleveland Cavaliers are reportedly in trade talks with the Brooklyn Nets.

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.

(Photo: Scott Sargent/WFNY)

  • LilBoyBlue

    But, did Jack show he needed the ball in his hands to succeed?

  • saggy

    no-brainer.

  • simond

    sounds like insurance for the Nets with Shaun Livingston due for a payday

  • Horace

    No brainer trade.

    In fact, we should focus on trading with these types of desperate/clueless teams: Nets, Knicks, Wizards, Hornets, Bucks, etc. Avoid, if at all possible, trading with the Spurs, Thunder, Rockets, 76ers, etc. bc they are smarter than us.

  • mgbode

    And too good to be fully true. I suspect we would have to give up something more.

  • http://waitingfornextyear.com/ Scott @ WFNY

    It likely won’t be discussed, but it could be argued that the Cavs would’ve been better off re-signing Livingston off of his year with them instead of giving the money to Jack. Shaun’s quiet, and didn’t provide the experience that Jack did, but he’s more of a PG where Jack never really fit this team.

  • felnbad

    The Cavs should make this trade. The deal the Cavs made with Jack was for too long and too much jack($). A one and done with Thornton is a smart move!

  • felnbad

    The Cavs should make this trade. The deal the Cavs made with Jack was for too long and too much jack($). A one and done with Thornton is a smart move!

  • BenRM

    I am Jarrett Jack’s dying career.

  • technivore

    I remember reading somewhere that Livingston wasn’t interested in coming back to the Cavs though.

  • technivore

    I remember reading somewhere that Livingston wasn’t interested in coming back to the Cavs though.