Atlanta Hawks forward DeMarre Carroll played through a knee injury suffered in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Finals against the Cleveland Cavaliers, and Carroll won’t need surgery to repair the knee, according to Jeff Schultz of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
That’s good news for Carroll, who’s entering unrestricted free agency this offseason, but the forward also revealed that he developed turf toe this postseason that further limited his movement. He even said that if these injuries happened in the regular season, he likely would have sat out close to a month.
Carroll was ineffective in the Cavaliers’ four-game sweep after breaking out in the Hawks’ first two playoff rounds. He put up over 17 points per game in the first two rounds on superb efficiency, but he averaged just 7.0 points while shooting 32.4 percent overall and 26.7 percent from three against Cleveland.
Despite these struggles, Carroll will still be in line for a big raise this offseason, and ESPN’s Kevin Arnovitz reports a high appraisal of about $12 million annually. However, there’s always the possibility some daring team offers more.