Mark Stein of ESPN has reported that the Cleveland Cavaliers are discussing a trade of Jarrett Jack to the Brooklyn Nets for Marcus Thornton:
Going online now: ESPN sources say Nets and Cavs are discussing Marcus Thornton-for-Jarrett Jack trade
— Marc Stein (@ESPNSteinLine) June 21, 2014
Jack has two years guaranteed remaining on his contract with the Cavs, with a third unguaranteed year in 2016-2017. He will receive $6.3 million per year. Thornton, meanwhile, will make roughly $8.6 million next year, and is an unrestricted free agent after next season. As Jason Lloyd reported, the team’s discussed this move at the trade deadline:
In regards to Thornton/Jack rumor: Similar talks held last trade deadline. Thornton only has 1 year left on his deal. Jack has 2 more. — Jason Lloyd (@JasonLloydABJ) June 21, 2014
This trade scenario would likely be a security move for the Nets, who are likely to lose Shaun Livingston to free agency this summer. With Deron Williams’s injury issues and inconsistency last year, and Jason Kidd’s tendency to go small with lineups, a player like Jack that could play the one or two would make sense for Brooklyn, even if he has a lot of guaranteed money left on his deal.
Meanwhile for the Cavs, it would be addition by subtraction in many people’s eyes, as Jack’s contract and on-court play have been unsightly over his Cavs’ tenure. While Thornton is a similarly ball-dominant player to Dion Waiters, and would make more money next year, Thornton is almost exclusively a wing, and is on an expiring contract. Even if he wasn’t good for the Cavs, he’d be an attractive trade chip at the deadline. His contract and play style are better fits on the Cavs than Jack is.
Updates on the progression of the deal will be given as they are released.