The Boston Celtics are one of "a long list" of teams that will pursue Atlanta Hawks forward DeMarre Carroll this offseason. Some of those teams include the Los Angeles Lakers and the Detroit Pistons.
According to Sean Deveney of the Sporting News,
The Hawks want to keep Carroll, but his price has been driven up. With his defense and versatility, one league exec estimated his next deal at more than $15 million per year. The Lakers, a source said, have big-time interest.
This is a good reminder, moreover a PSA, to all Celtics fans: They have money and they will spend it, which means they will be in on every big-to-semi-big free agent.
This, however, is no big-to-semi-big free agent.
DeMarre Carroll, to his credit, is a solid role player. He averaged 12.6 points and 5.3 rebounds per game this season and is a stellar defender. We saw as much last night against LeBron James in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Finals.
Carroll ended up leaving that game with what appeared to be a serious knee injury, but was later diganosed as just a sprain.
Whatever the case, what more value does he add over, restricted free agent, Jae Crowder who the Celtics could sign to a much cheaper deal than the one that Carroll's agent is reportedly expecting come the offseason?
According to ESPN's Kevin Arnovitz,
Sources around the league appraise his annual value at more than $10 million a season, and the Hawks have been bracing themselves for a measurably higher number.
The answer in short is none.
Carroll is no Kawhi Leonard, nor should the Celtics pay him as such, but it is still good to know that Danny Ainge is sticking to his word of leaving no stone unturned this offseason.
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