RAPTORS: Three people with knowledge of the dealings told The Associated Press that the Toronto Raptors have made two trades, sending DeMarre Carroll to Brooklyn for salary cap relief and landing C.J. Miles in a sign-and-trade with in for Cory Joseph.
This comes on the heels of Brooklyn acquiring D'Angelo Russell and former Los Angeles Lakers free agent bust Timofey Mozgov in exchange for a first-round pick in last month's draft and Brook Lopez. (I suppose two draft picks is what it takes to unload a hefty as hell contract these days.) In terms of addressing both teams' needs - Brooklyn gaining assets and Toronto dropping a huge salary burn - I'd say both sides benefitted. However, Toronto's salary cap flexibility was basically wiped out by that series of transactions and, given that the team did not boast a functional wing rotation, that presented a challenge. But the Wolves refused to add Oklahoma City's lottery-protected 2018 first-round pick they got from Utah in the trade for Ricky Rubio to make the deal palatable for the Pacers.
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After four straight seasons on playoff teams, Carroll goes to the worst team in the National Basketball Association. But for Marks and Co.it represents a sound philosophy in an organization that has lacked direction over the past several seasons.
The Raptors had salary cap issues after re-signing point guard Kyle Lowry to a three-year, $100 million deal.
For his part, the 30-year-old Carroll could actually play a valuable role for an otherwise young Nets team.
He morphed into one of Atlanta's best one-on-one defenders and quite frankly his play was a major reason why the Hawks were a 60-win team and the top seed in the East in 2015.
Brooklyn is clearly not afraid to roll the dice.
Next, the Toronto Raptors came to an agreement on a sign-and-trade deal with the Indiana Pacers.
Also on Sunday, the Raptors signed first round draft pick OG Anunoby to a rookie scale contract.