DeMarre Carroll Reaches Buyout, Looks To Join Rockets

Forward DeMarre Carroll has reached a buyout with the Spurs, Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN tweets. He intends to sign with the Rockets once he clears waivers, Shams Charania of The Athletic tweets.

The news is not surprising, considering that Carroll had racked up 15 straight DNP-CDs and publicly expressed frustration with his lack of playing time. However, it’s still unusual for a team to agree to buy out a player with multiple years left on his contract.

Carroll agreed to a three-year, $21MM contract with the Spurs in a sign-and-trade from Brooklyn last summer.

Carroll is owed $2.3MM for the remainder of the season, $6.65MM next season and $1.35MM in guaranteed money for 2021/22, Bobby Marks of ESPN tweets. Even with the buyout, San Antonio will incur a cap hit through the life of the contract.

The 33-year-old did not join the Spurs when they began their eight-game rodeo trip on February 2, as the club looked into moving him by the February 6 trade deadline.

Carroll holds career averages of 9.0 PPG and 4.3 RPG, while shooting 35.9% from deep. With the Spurs, he averaged just 9.0 MPG and appeared in only 15 games. Carroll appeared in 67 games with the Nets last season and averaged 11.1 PPG and 5.2 RPG in 25.4 MPG.

Carroll’s agent, Mark Bartelstein, negotiated the buyout.

Carroll could play both forward positions in Houston’s small ball lineup. The Rockets have two open roster spots and need to add at least one player, so Carroll could fulfill that obligation.

Photo courtesy of USA Today Sports Images.

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15 thoughts on “DeMarre Carroll Reaches Buyout, Looks To Join Rockets

  1. eli_b_wcl

    I’m sorry his relationship with the Spurs had to come to this. As a Nets fan I’ve learned he’s a great guy who has a true impact on culture and is very consistent. I just wish he would come back to the Nets

    • cleve1969

      I wish the Spurs had given him a chance … they traded Bertans & screwed up the Morris trade. Not sure what my Spurs are trying to accomplish … ???

    • cleve1969

      I wish the Spurs had given him a chance … they traded Bertans & screwed up the Morris trade to sign him. Not sure what my Spurs are trying to accomplish … ???

  2. macdaddy96

    Should of signed with a team that has a chance to do something in the playoffs

  3. Spurs loss the opportunity to have Morris and Bertans and now bought out Carrol.

    Terrible management.

  4. formerlyz

    I thought he would be a good fit for the Spurs, who needed defense on the wing, but he was never in their rotation, even in the preseason

  5. Reflect

    The spurs have looked kinda dumb consistently over the last like 5 years or so.

    • Life is a lot easier with Tim Duncan around. Hell, maybe that’s why he’s an assistant – just his presence will put a stop to all the stupid.

  6. Boys181

    Wtf are the spurs thinking.. damn get any damn asset get an expiring contract get any damn thing other then b on the hook for the next couple of years .. Im getting frustrated with pop and rc Buford .. senile is setting in with these 2… time for a change .. and it has to start from the top .. frustrated spurs fan here

  7. Skip, Tampa

    Been think the same thing most of this year and last. Trading Bertran and keeping Metu made zero sense.
    Not trading Carroll and Belinelli on Feb.6th was extra dumb move.
    Was hoping for a Heat trade of Winslow, J.Johnson, Leonard for Aldridge, Carroll but hear Pop wanted a 1st on top and feel thru.
    The Duncan over Hammon move will cost Pop a new HC.

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