A couple weeks back ESPN's Marc Stein reported that the Brooklyn Nets had identified Jarrett Jack as a target at backup point guard if they were unable to re-sign Shaun Livingston. Tuesday evening Shaun Livingston signed a three year deal with the Golden State Warriors which prompted Stein to speculate on whether or not this may accelerate talks of a potential Jarrett Jack for Marcus Thornton swap.
Losing Shaun Livingston, as Nets feared because of spending limitations, likely to resurrect Marcus Thornton-for-Jarrett Jack trade talks— Marc Stein (@ESPNSteinLine) July 2, 2014
ESPN reported last week Nets & Cavs have discussed Thornton-for-Jack swap, which would bring $ relief to Cavs + give Nets new backcourt vet— Marc Stein (@ESPNSteinLine) July 2, 2014
Marcus Thornton will be entering the final year of his contract at a salary of $8,575,000. While the potential swap wouldn't create cap space for this summer, it would help create room down the road. Thornton has averaged 13.4 PPG on 43.1 FG% and 36.1 3PT% over his four year career.
His game improved when he got to Brooklyn, but it's hard to see a long-term role for him in Cleveland. It would, potentially, ease the blow if C.J. Miles does in fact leave in free agency.