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Facebook is buying mobile messaging service WhatsApp for up to $19 billion in cash and stock, by far the company’s largest acquisition.
The world’s biggest social networking company said Wednesday that it is paying $12 billion in Facebook stock and $4 billion in cash for WhatsApp. In addition, the app’s founders and employees will be granted $3 billion in restricted stock that will vest over four years after the deal closes.
Facebook says it is keeping WhatsApp as a separate service, just as it did with Instagram, which it bought for about $715.3 million.
WhatsApp has more than 450 million monthly active users. In comparison, Twitter had 241 million users at the end of 2014.
Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg says WhatsApp is on path to reach a billion users.
Lakers guard Steve Blake has been traded to the Golden State Warriors for a pair of reserve shooting guards.
The Lakers will get Kent Bazemore and MarShon Brooks from the Warriors, sources told ESPN.com.
“Mixed emotions, really,” Blake said after changing into street clothes and exiting the arena less than an hour before tip-off of Wednesday night’s game against the Houston Rockets after being informed of the trade. “I knew it could happen but didn’t expect it to happen, all at the same time.”
Lakers sources told ESPN.com’s Ramona Shelburne there is a strong chance power forward Jordan Hill is also moved before Thursday’s trade deadline, with the Nets, Pelicans, Bobcats and Hawks having registered interest in him.
“The hardest thing is really for my family, really,” Blake said. “I got a wife, three little kids and now I’m going to have to spend four months, probably, away from them and so that’s going to be the hardest part.”
Blake called the 31-22 Warriors a “really, really good team” but was unsure what his role would be.
“How I fit in, I don’t know but we’ll figure it out,” Blake said. “I got a lot of respect for them there and look forward to getting to know them.”
Blake, who signed with the Lakers in the summer of 2010, will become an unrestricted free agent this summer and said he would consider returning to the Lakers on a new deal.
“Absolutely,” Blake said. “I’ve loved my time here. When you spend (time) in some place this long, you start to get comfortable. We loved where we lived, loved the schools my kids were in and always loved the support of the fans and ownership and everybody. So, it’s one of the best places I’ve ever played at and if in the future they wanted me back, I would absolutely, definitely consider it.”
Blake said he was given no indication when he arrived at the arena or at shootaround that he would be traded.
“I was in my warm-ups, my uniform. I was ready to go,” said Blake, who was told the news in coach Mike D’Antoni’s office about 75 minutes before the game. “It’s a tough situation but it is what it is and I’m ready to start something new.”
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The Brooklyn Nets have agreed to the framework of a trade that would send Jason Terry and Reggie Evans to the Sacramento Kings for Marcus Thornton, according to sources with knowledge of the deal.
The trade has been submitted for league approval, sources told ESPN The Magazine’s Chris Broussard.
Sources told ESPN.com that the Nets’ first choice was to trade for Cleveland’s Jarrett Jack. But the Cavaliers’ reluctance to take Terry scuttled those talks. The Nets then turned their attention to Thornton, who is having a down season with Sacramento. The Nets hope he can provide some added offensive punch off the bench.
The Akron Beacon Journal reported earlier Wednesday that the Thornton trade was nearing completion.
Thornton is averaging 8.3 points per game and 38.1 percent shooting this season. In 2010-11, he averaged 21.3 points and followed that up by averaging 18.7 points in 2011-12.
In his first season with the Nets since coming over in the Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett trade during the summer, Terry has averaged 4.5 points in 35 games. The 6-foot-8 Evans, known for his rebounding, has appeared in 30 games and is averaging 2.7 points and 5.0 rebounds. He averaged 11.1 rebounds in 80 games last season.
Sources told ESPN.com that the Nets are trying to complete a trade with the Los Angeles Lakers in which they would take Jordan Hill into their $5.25 million disabled player exception for Brook Lopez.
The Nets, sources said, are prepared to complete the deal, despite the fact that adding Hill in this manner will add more than $15 million to this season’s payroll and take it beyond the $200 million mark. Sources say the Lakers haven’t yet committed to deal him to Brooklyn, and both Phoenix and Dallas have inquired about Hill, according to a league source.
Hill, who has found it difficult to receive consistent playing time in Lakers coach Mike D’Antoni’s rotation, said he wants to stay in L.A. but wants a bigger role.
“I’m having a ball here, but when I’m here, I do want to play,” Hill said. “I love my teammates, I love the coaching staff, I love everybody [with] the Lakers. I’ve had a great time here, if anything does happen.”