The Toronto Raptors continue to reshape their roster
In the past 24 hours, the Toronto Raptors have made a pair of trades that aim to help alleviate the cap issues, while also adding a little depth to the team.
Yesterday, the team trades forward DeMarre Carroll, a 2018 lottery protected first-round pick and a second-round pick to the Brooklyn Nets in exchange for center Justin Hamilton.
This is little more than a salary dump for Toronto as they’re essentially paying the Nets with draft picks to take on the two-years and $30 million remaining on Carroll’s deal.
When healthy, the 30-year-old Carroll is a useful starter for any team and should provide veteran leadership to a young Nets roster.
Nets head coach Kenny Atkinson coached Carroll when he was an assistant with the Atlanta Hawks, so he’s familiar with how to use the defensive wing properly.
Hamilton, a center who possesses a decent outside shot, will make $3 million this season and then become a free agent next offseason.
Earlier today, in a slightly more interesting deal, the Raptors sent point guard Cory Joseph to the Indiana Pacers small forward C.J. Miles.
The 30-year-old Miles agreed to a three-year, $25 million contract with the Indiana Pacers, who then deal him to Toronto in exchange for Joseph.
For the Raptors, Miles has a chance to be a better version of Carroll. One of the NBA’s top potential bargains this offseason, Miles had a strong year for the Pacers in 2016-2017, averaging 16.5 points, 4.6 rebounds, and nearly one steal per-36 minutes last year. In addition to being a strong on-ball defender, Miles shot 41% from 3-point range last season on over five attempts per contest.
Joseph heads to Indiana to back-up the newly signed Darren Collison at point guard. One of the league’s more reliable back-ups, the heady guard averaged 9.3 points, 2.9 rebounds, 3.3 assists, and 0.8 steals in 25 minutes a game last year.