The Atlanta Hawks are battling with the Orlando Magic over Paul Millsap, who has a four-year, $80 million max contract on the table from both teams, according to ESPN’s Chris Broussard. It still seems likely Millsap goes back to the Hawks, and the acquisition of Tiago Splitter from the San Antonio Spurs appeared to signal the end of the DeMarre Carroll era in Atlanta. Sure enough:
First of all, pretty awesome that Carroll scooped everybody himself. Then, the contract details:
Hawks lose DeMarre Carroll to the Toronto Raptors, I'm told, on a four-year, $60-Million deal. DeMarre himself announced via Twitter.
— Sam Amick (@sam_amick) July 1, 2015
That’s a pretty hefty number for Carroll, even with the cap rising. The Hawks were prepared to try to keep him, but when the number got that high, it was just too much, especially with Millsap set to get his max and Atlanta in a cap space squeeze:
Hawks had a breaking point on Carroll in the neighborhood of 4/$50M. Might have nudged up a bit, but not significantly.
— Kevin Arnovitz (@kevinarnovitz) July 1, 2015
Carroll earned himself a lot of money with a career year and superb postseason, and the Toronto Raptors were in dire need of a small forward and had a lot of money to spend. This has the potential to turn out poorly down the road, but Carroll is a nice player and should fit in nicely in Toronto.