DeMarre Carroll announces he's leaving after reported Raptors-Nets deal

Posted July 11, 2017

They have dealt with significant injuries to center Joel Embiid and last year's No. 1 pick, Ben Simmons, over the last three years.

Well done, Mr. Marks.

Looking down the barrel of some significant luxury tax penalties, Toronto Raptors president Masai Ujiri is moving swiftly to get below the tax line while keeping his team competitive in the NBA's wide-open Eastern Conference.

Following the Washington Wizards' decision to match Brooklyn's max offer sheet to Otto Porter Jr., the Nets still have enough financial capital to add another bad contract for future draft pick compensation. The risks they have taken to sign young, up and coming players are admirable.

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No one is going to sit back and predict Brooklyn to make the playoffs this upcoming season.

For rebuilding Brooklyn, it was the latest in a series of moves designed at accumulating as many quality assets as possible.

Carroll, who will turn 31 this month, is still considered a plus defender with his 6-foot-8, 212-pound frame and conscientious efforts. From where they stand at the moment, they could potentially have one first-rounder and two second-rounders in next year's Draft - the other of the two second-round picks coming from in, if the Pacers miss the playoffs next season.

It's also worth mentioning that Brooklyn head coach Kenny Atkinson was a part of the Atlanta staff when Carroll was playing the best basketball of his career. The deal won't be officially announced until the Nets' work out their salary-cap situation.

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Then again, the team might very well be able to make a play for Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, who is now an unrestricted free agent after the Detroit Pistons renounced their rights to him.

Absorbing DeMarre Carroll's contract takes the Nets out of the running for any of the remaining free agents this offseason.

Joseph, 25, averaged career bests of 9.3 points and 3.3 assists last season in his second campaign with Toronto.

Carroll is owed just over than $30 million over the next two years and the Raptors determined his contract was too expensive for a player they were not utilizing.

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