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Kings trade guard Marcus Thornton to Nets

The Kings have agreed to trade guard Marcus Thornton to the Brooklyn Nets for guard Jason Terry and forward Reggie Evans.

The NBA trade deadline is Thursday at 9 a.m.

Thornton, 26, was the Kings’ leading scorer for the 2011-12 season when he averaged 18.7 points, but he has struggled this season as his role in the offense has diminished. Thornton is averaging a career-low 8.3 points as the second-highest paid player on the Kings at $8.2 million.

Thornton has one more year left on his four-year contract at $8.7 million.

Dealing Thornton would give more playing time to Ben McLemore, the Kings’ first-round draft pick. General manager Pete D’Alessandro said after Tuesday’s practice that McLemore was not a part of any proposed deals.

Terry, 36, is averaging a career-low 4.5 points for the Nets in 16.3 minutes, also a career low. Terry has one year left on a three-year deal he signed with Boston before last season at $5.5 million.

Evans, 33, is noted as an energy player that excels at rebounding in spite of being listed at 6-foot-8. Evans averaged 11.1 rebounds last season but is down to five per game this season.

Evans is due $1.8 million next season.

Thornton opened the season as the starting shooting guard, but a shooting slump led to his benching and not playing at all in some games.

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