The draft picks Brooklyn receives in the trade are certainly the most appealing component, as the Nets would have entered the 2018 NBA Draft without a first-round pick. In return, Toronto only asked for reserve center Justin Hamilton, a very flawed player limited to a few hot shooting streaks from long range. ESPN's Brian Windhorst reports that the Raptors will waive Hamilton once the trade goes through and use the stretch provision to spread his cap hit out over the next three years.
DeMarre Carroll has announced that he's leaving the Toronto Raptors. The risks they have taken to sign young, up and coming players are admirable. As in he has a plan for every stage of this massive rebuilding.
The Brooklyn Nets and Toronto Raptors completed a trade that will have major implications on the rest of National Basketball Association free agency.
It's hard to find wing players that can shoot the 3 and play passable defense.
Carroll, who will turn 31 this month, is still considered a plus defender with his 6-foot-8, 212-pound frame and conscientious efforts. The Raptors had Carroll's remaining deal of $30 million on the books.
He is expected to sign a three-year deal in Toronto worth $25 million, according to ESPN.
Brooklyn now has one first round and two second-round selections in next year's draft.
The bottom line: It's not a major setback in the Nets' cap situation, which should be enough to reassure fans. Free agents can sign contracts at any time now that the NBA's moratorium period has ended. Still, the price point for Lowry and DeRozan makes things quite hard to build a legitimate contender moving forward, especially when coupled with more than $35 million annually for the frontcourt duo of Ibaka and Jonas Valanciunas.
Carroll has two seasons and $30 million left on the contract he signed after the 2014-15 season that brought him from the Atlanta Hawks to the Raptors in free agency.
If all else fails, Marks can save the space for the trade deadline. Carroll will join D'Angelo Russell and Timofey Mozgov as the new guys on the team who will look to lead the Nets back to respectability.