Spurs waive DeMarre Carroll; Rockets expected to sign him

The San Antonio Spurs today announced that the team has waived forward DeMarre Carroll, and according to ESPN and Carroll’s agent Mark Bartelstein, Carroll agreed to a contract buyout.

The Spurs were paying Carroll, who signed a three-year, $20.6 million deal with the team this summer, $7 million this season, and he’s set to receive a guaranteed $6.65 million in 2020-21. Only $1.35 million of the $7 million the pact calls for him to collect in 2021-22 is guaranteed, according to the San Antonio Express-News          

Houston is a frontrunner to sign Carroll once he clears waivers, according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski.

Carroll, 33, saw action in just 15 games for San Antonio averaging 2.2 points and 2.1 rebounds in 9.0 minutes.

According to reports, the Spurs were actively trying to trade Carroll before the trade deadline, but they were not able to find any suitors. 


Spurs acquire DeMarre Carroll in three-team deal

The San Antonio Spurs today announced that they have acquired forward DeMarre Carroll from the Brooklyn Nets. In the three-team deal, San Antonio sends forward Davis Bertans to Washington and the draft rights to Nemanja Dangubic to Brooklyn, while the Wizards send the draft rights to Aaron White to the Nets.

Carroll, 32, played in 67 games for the Nets last season, averaging 11.1 points, 5.2 rebounds and 1.3 assists in 25.4 minutes. The Birmingham, Alabama native recorded 12.3 points and 5.9 boards in 140 appearances during his two-year stint in Brooklyn from 2017-19.

A 10-year veteran in the NBA, Carroll holds career averages of 9.1 points, 4.3 rebounds and 1.3 assists in 24.2 minutes while shooting .430 from the field and .360 from beyond the arc in 554 games. His teams have reached the playoffs in five of the last six seasons, with Carroll logging 62 games of playoff experience. He has career averages of 9.1 points, 4.4 boards and 1.1 assists in 28.2 minutes in the postseason.

Prior to his time in Brooklyn, Carroll spent two years each with the Toronto Raptors (2015-17) and Atlanta Hawks (2013-15). The former Missouri Tiger also spent time with the Houston Rockets, Denver Nuggets and Utah Jazz after being drafted in the first round of the 2009 NBA Draft by the Memphis Grizzlies (27th overall), where he spent parts of his first two seasons.

Bertans spent his first three seasons in San Antonio, averaging 6.2 points, 2.3 rebounds and 1.0 assist in 16.0 minutes over 220 career games with the Silver and Black.

Stephen Jackson on DeMarre Carroll: ‘He’s not good enough to have an opinion’

Former Raptors F DeMarre Carroll was recently traded to the Brooklyn Nets. On his way out the door, Carroll said that the Raptors had “trust issues.”

Carroll told the Toronto Sun the following:

“This year, I feel like a lot of guys didn’t trust each other, and a lot of guys, they didn’t feel like other guys could produce or [be] given the opportunity, so there was a lot of lack of trust on our team, so that’s what hindered us from going [as far as we wanted to go].”

Today, on ESPN’s The Jump, Stephen Jackson had this to say about Carroll:

Should be interesting to see how Carroll will respond!