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  • Writer's pictureErik Slater

Nets acquire DeMarre Carroll, 2018 1st, 2018 2nd from Raptors for Justin Hamilton

The Brooklyn Nets have acquired DeMarre Carroll, a 2018 first-round pick, and a 2018 second-round pick from the Toronto Raptors in exchange for Justin Hamilton.

The first-round pick is lottery protected and the 2nd-round pick will be the more favorable of the Magic and Lakers.

Although news of the deal broke early Sunday morning, the transaction could not be finalized until the Nets' money from the Otto Porter bid freed up.

The move serves as a salary dump for Toronto while Brooklyn makes its way into the 2018 draft and adds a serviceable veteran in DeMarre Carroll to their roster.

Carroll never hit his full stride after signing a 4-year, $58 million contract with the Raptors in 2015. Trouble with knee injuries in 2015 along with the adjustment to a new system disabled Carroll's ability to return to his Atlanta form. However, Carroll still managed to average 9.4 PPG and 4 RPG while shooting 35.4% from three throughout his tenure in Toronto.

Brooklyn will look to add to its young core in the 2018 draft while Carroll will have an opportunity to start at Small Forward next season and serve as a mentor to young players.

The Nets now have $16.5 million left in cap space with few free agents left on the market. With a surplus of guards, the Nets may look to go after a big man. JaMychal Green and Nikola Mirotic could fit nicely into the Nets system. Brooklyn is also rumored to have interest in newly renounced Small Forward Shabazz Muhammad. If Marks does not make a move, Brooklyn will carry their cap space over to next offseason when they would likely have the most in the league.

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