Even if Carroll continues to devolve in the two remaining years (at $30.2 million) of his contract into another Gerald Wallace, this trade isn't only about the present. The question now is why would the Nets agree to a deal. But what happens now? Although he certainly wouldn't completely fill the void left by Gordon Hayward's departure, Carroll would still be a formidable option, especially considering where the Jazz reside currently and how bleak their small forward position is looking right now.
This time a year ago, Brooklyn's offer sheets to both Allen Crabbe and Tyler Johnson were also matched.
He has played for four different franchises before the trade to the Raptors, and spent last season with the Nets, appearing in 64 matches for them.
But was it really a gift?
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The people spoke on condition of anonymity because the trades have not been officially announced. It's one of those things you've got to build, you've just got to trust each other. The Raptors have been knocked out of the playoffs two years straight by LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers, and while Carroll was once thought of as a key piece to the puzzle of dethroning the King, he largely failed to live up to expectations.
DeMarre Carroll could have a similar impact for the Nets as Otto Porter would have.
There are two Carroll's. He shot 40% from the field and 34.1% on three-pointers. Solid numbers for the breakout player. Trading DeMarre Carroll to the Nets, allowed the Raptors to fit in the salaries of Kyle Lowry and Serge Ibaka. A move had to be made and it's clear that he was the odd man out. However, there's no telling what he will do with the opportunity.
For the Nets, he has to take charge. Though he wasn't the All-Star he once was in Atlanta, he still averaged 8.9 points per game and 1.1 steals per game. If Carroll struggles then the Nets can use him as trade bait for additional draft picks during the trade deadline as Carroll will be a free agent in 2019.
Even with the $11.8 million salary cap hit on this deal, Marks still has about $18 million in room, assuming guarantees totaling $4.8 million are picked up for Quincy Acy, Spencer Dinwiddie, and Archie Goodwin, for further improvements.