The Toronto Raptors and forward DeMarre Carroll have parted ways, as per ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski. The deal also moves 2018 first and second round draft picks to the Brooklyn Nets, in exchange for center Justin Hamilton’s services. This move allows the team to avoid the hefty luxury tax by dumping the $30 million Carroll was owed over the next two years.

This season’s playoffs really exposed Toronto’s defense, and mainly the small forward position, as players like Giannis Antetokounmpo and LeBron James sliced them up during this time.

But good did come out of the trade. It allowed for the Raptors to fit in Kyle Lowry’s three-year, 100-million-dollar contract without sinking themselves deep into the luxury tax. After losing physical defender P.J. Tucker to the Houston Rockets, who are building quite a team in the West. The best replacement currently on the Raptors would be the reserve, Norman Powell, who averaged about the same numbers as Carroll did this season.

For Carroll, this will be a chance to reunite with former Atlanta Hawks coach Kenny Atkinson. It also will give Carroll a chance to help a Nets team trying to start up its rebuild. Both teams come out of this trade benefiting from it, as does Carroll. Though he had slow numbers at Toronto, this can give him a fresh start and maybe even allow him to step into a leadership role around a young core.

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