The Brooklyn Nets were a little shorthanded Wednesday in Salt Lake City after trading veterans Jason Terry and Reggie Evans to Sacramento in exchange for Marcus Thornton.
As the NBA’s deadline approaches, the deal was the first of what could be several before Thursday afternoon.
“It’s a business,” Nets forward Kevin Garnett said to reporters at EnergySolutions Arena.
But for players and coaches, this is an unsettling time.
“I played. I’ve been on teams at this time of year,” said Jazz coach Ty Corbin. “It’s difficult. You don’t know. You don’t know what calls are coming in, what makes sense for [the organization]. Something may come out of nothing. … As a player, you try as much as you can to get it off your mind. But you do think about it.”
Jazz forward Gordon Hayward has named as a possible target for teams, particularly the Boston Celtics. But the Jazz are reportedly uninterested in dealing Hayward right now.
Hayward says he’s not paying attention to any rumors right now.
It’s nothing we can worry about, nothing we can control,” he said. “We’re all Jazz players right now, and that’s how we’ve got to look at it.”
The Jazz, meanwhile, will benefit some from the Nets’ trade.
As Brooklyn continues to add to its payroll, the team will have to pay a greater luxury tax to each team below the tax line.
‘Like we’re coming home’
Andrei Kirilenko was all smiles Wednesday at ESA as he returned to the place where he started his NBA career.
“Me and my wife, always when we land in Utah, we feel like we’re coming home. It’s the same feeling now,” he said. “It’s a lot of great memories here, a lot of nice moments. Of course I’m going to feel it for the rest of my life — no matter what.”