The Cleveland Cavaliers are trying to clear cap space to sign a max player (Ahem, LeBron James). So, that means they are trying to shed their expiring deals that could be easily traded. That is why the Atlanta Hawks and Brooklyn Nets are reportedly discussing a trade for Marcus Thorton. Confused? Stick with me here. According to Ken Berger of CBS Sports, the Cavs are looking to move Jarrett Jack:
Cavs engaged Hawks in trade talks about a week ago, source says. Clearing Jack’s $6.3m salary is key to opening max slot for LeBron. — Ken Berger (@KBergCBS) July 7, 2014
Now, the Hawks aren’t interested in Jarrett Jack, and that’s where the Nets come in:
Atlanta is among the teams the Cavs have recruited to take Marcus Thornton from Nets in deal that would unload Jarrett Jack, source says. — Ken Berger (@KBergCBS) July 7, 2014
So, that means the Nets would get Jack, the Hawks would get Thorton, and the Cavs would get the space to sign LeBron. There’s only one problem — the Hawks have no interest in taking on Thorton’s contract:
The Hawks, also in the mix for Bulls free agent Luol Deng, have not shown much interest in taking on Thornton’s contract, source says. — Ken Berger (@KBergCBS) July 7, 2014
OK, let’s recap. The Cavs want cap space to sign a max player (LeBron), so they need to move Jarrett Jack. The Nets are willing to take Jack if someone will take Marcus Thorton, so the Cavs have engaged the Hawks to see if they want Thorton, but the Hawks have no interest. Thorton is set to make a little over $8.5 million this coming season, and the Hawks would have to give up no salary to get his contract. That is probably why they have no interest, as it would take up most of their cap space. This is just a rumor, but it shows that the Hawks are out and talking to teams in the market.