Today marks the first day of the NBA free agency signing period, and as we’ve seen, a number of players have already received large contracts. According to ESPN, Anthony Davis re-signed with the New Orleans Pelicans for 5 years and $145 million, Goran Dragic re-signed with the Miami Heat for 5 years and $90 million, and Kawhi Leonard re-signed with the San Antonio Spurs for 5 years and $90 million.
As the Inquisitr previously reported, the New York Knicks were one of the teams rumored to land Atlanta Hawks forward DeMarre Carroll. However, Carroll has opted to head up north to Canada, where he signed a 4-year, $60 million contract with the Toronto Raptors.
Last season with the Hawks, Carroll averaged 12.6 points per game, to go along with 5.3 rebounds and 1.7 assists. Over six seasons in the NBA, DeMarre, a former first round pick of the Memphis Grizzlies, has put up 7.6 points per game, 3.7 boards, and 1.2 assists.
Here are some immediate reactions from Twitter following Carroll’s signing, and you’ll notice that not everyone agrees with the move.
DeMarre Carroll’s agent: pic.twitter.com/gEtEAWF6ah
— BBALLBREAKDOWN (@bballbreakdown) July 1, 2015
DeMarre Carroll, who got nothing more than cup o coffee with Nugs, now gets $15 m per yr from our old pal Ujiri in Toronto. Holy moly.
— Mark Kiszla (@markkiszla) July 1, 2015
“We can always find another Demarre Carroll” I think that’s how smart NBA organizations operate.
—!mike!alto! (@altoemike) July 1, 2015
I’m actually laughing at the Raptors right now for giving DeMarre Carroll $60mil
— SwopeDza (@SwopeDza) July 1, 2015
Wait one minute Demarre Carroll and Aminu got paid that much????? Goran Dragic 90 Million?????
— Skinny Greg (@Hulks_Brotha) July 1, 2015
DeMarre Carroll cashed out too. I know the league is in an era where his skill set is valuable…
— Broseph (@MindAltered_J) July 1, 2015
I know the cap is going up, but 15 million a year for demarre carroll? Got damn
— Derek (@hoosiergunner) July 1, 2015
Demarre Carroll for 4 years/$60 million? I’m glad the Knicks didn’t sign him with that kinda money, even if the cap goes up next year
— Nick Inzerilli (@Inzerilli) July 1, 2015
DeMarre Carroll is going with the Raptors?!! 😒 Whelp….
— Pamela Smith (@Ms_P_Smith) July 1, 2015
Demarre Carroll gone to Raptors. :(, he got paid though! @EagleDawg2
— Christian Corn (@christiancorn1) July 1, 2015
From Memphis scraps to a $60 million contract: The DeMarre Carroll Story
— Andrew Ford (@AndrewFord22) July 1, 2015
I’m sorry but $15 mil per year for DeMarre Carroll, who averaged 12 pts last season…that’s #ridiculous
— Sean Serio (@Sean_Serio) July 1, 2015
Whyyyy would the Raptors decide to sign Demarre Carroll over Wesley Matthews. Oh man 💩💩💩💩 move
— Jabril Eid (@MannyPakBeLoud) July 1, 2015
DeMarre Carroll to the Raptors Danny Green stays Paul Millsap offered by the Magic wowow
— Jess (@jessieko2323) July 1, 2015
I’m so excited about getting Demarre Carroll! Now we just need to look at our front court and we’ve got a contender!
— Drew Nagy (@DrewNagy1) July 1, 2015
In other NBA free agency news as of 2 p.m. EST, Danny Green has agreed to return to the Spurs on a four-year, $45 million deal. Mike Dunleavy is staying in Chicago for three more years at $15 million. Paul Millsap has been offered a four-year, $80 million contract by the Orlando Magic, and he will decide to either stay with the Hawks or join the Magic.
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