REPORT: Nets and Cavs talking Marcus Thornton for Jarrett Jack swap

Updated: June 21, 2014

The NBA season is over and all eyes are on the 2014 NBA Draft that will take place at Barclays Center this Thursday night the 26th.

The Brooklyn Nets do not have a draft pick this season, or many more for that matter, but that won’t stop GM Billy King from continuing to mold this team and fill the holes that last years team showed.

The latest news comes from ESPN Marc Stein that the Nets and the Cleveland Cavaliers are talking about a Marcus Thornton for Jarrett Jack trade.

This looks to be a hedge move by King knowing that Brooklyn is limited to offering Shaun Livingston a three-year deal worth just over $10 million and he will likely command more this offseason after his breakout year.  Livingston played so well under the guidance of Jason Kidd this season that he helped turn around a team in disarray in January when he was put in the starting lineup. This could be Livingston’s one big pay day.

Thornton was a very good pickup by King during the season for a disappointing Jason Terry and Reggie Evans and he showed glimpses of being unstoppable when in the zone but a backup for an oft-injured Deron Williams and possible replacement for Livingston is obviously on the Nets mind right now.

Thornton has one year left on his contract opposed to Jack who has two fully guaranteed years left on his deal ($12M) with Cleveland although money is not an obstacle for the Nets as Mikhail Prokhorov has shown zero problems with being in the luxury tax and adding more if the team wins.

Dont sleep on King come draft night as we all know he loves to trade and shake things up.

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