The Sacramento Kings have acquired Jason Terry and Reggie Evans from the Brooklyn Nets in exchange for Marcus Thornton. Reed Wallach, editor of NetsDaily, was kind enough to provide some scouting reports for our newly acquired players.
I'll turn it over to Reed:
Terry was expected to come in and have a big impact on the team in the locker room. He is a loud guy who has been a key contributor to a championship team, he knows how to act on the sidelines. As for his on the court product, the Nets knew they were acquiring an aging shooter, he has made the fourth most threes in NBA history, but they expected him to come in and give some significant minutes and spread the floor. However, Terry never found his footing with the Nets and then went down with a knee injury that sidelined him for a few weeks. After that, Terry got sparse playing time and when he did, it wasn't too pretty. He's shooting 36% from the field, and the only thing he was good for in Brooklyn was pumping up the crowd from the bench. Net Income called him the LVP in our most recent roundtable.
Reggie Evans is a very frustrating player. He is one of the most talented rebounders I've ever seen. I have never seen a man go after the ball with such reckless abandon and put forth such an effort to get a loose ball. However, that is all Evans could do: rebound. Reggie is an undersized big man, he sometimes played center for the Nets and he is only 6'8". He isn't a great defender on the ball and his offense is atrocious. Last season, when he started, him and Gerald Wallace were a nightmare on the floor together, for the Nets were essentially playing 3-on-5. Evans can't hit a free throw and can't make layups let alone anything outside of the paint. Evans was always a flawed player, but his hustle bought him a starting position for 56 games last season. However, this season, hustle isn't cutting it.
So there you have it. Not exactly glowing recommendations, but that's ok. This doesn't seem to be a move that the Kings made purely based on talent acquisition. Breaking up Thornton's contract into two contracts makes it much easier to include in future deals. Flexibility is key. And, of course, we can hold onto the slimmest of hopes that one or both players might have a Rudy Gay-esque revival.
A big thanks to Reed for his input!