DeMarre Carroll has joined Pero Antic as the second former Atlanta Hawk to elect to play on foreign soil for the upcoming season.
Carroll had one of the more notable breakout seasons this past year for the NBA’s darling Atlanta Hawks, putting up 11.1 points and 5.5 rebounds per game while helping the Hawks to a No. 1 seed in the Eastern Conference. Although many will remember Andre Iguodala as the player that made LeBron James look (somewhat) mortal, Carroll held his own as much as one can against James in the Eastern Conference Finals despite suffering a sprained left knee in Game 1.
His move to Canada shouldn’t come as a surprise, as he will join a Raptors squad that ranked 26th in the league in adjusted defensive rating but second in adjusted offensive rating. Carroll isn’t a create-a-shot player, but with DeMar DeRozan, Kyle Lowry, and Terrance Ross currently on the roster, Carroll won’t be expected to go in and revive the offense. Unsurprisingly, the North are reportedly paying Carroll quite well for his services:
That contract makes DeMarre Carroll the highest-paid player on the Raptors’ roster, which is a really weird sentence to write.