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Brooklyn Nets forward DeMarre Carroll continues to address his former team in a less-than-glowing light after a trade from the Toronto Raptors.
Immediately after the deal earlier this month, Carroll suggested the Raptors had some locker-room issues. Now, without having played a minute yet, he’s confident the Nets are a considerably better fit.
“I had my share of iso already, so team-ball is my forte,” Carroll told the New York Post, before referencing the Raptors’ backcourt of Kyle Lowry and DeMar DeRozan. “You got two great All-Stars, two great players. That’s how they play. They were playing that way before I came, and they’re going to be playing that way long after I leave. They’re not changing that for me.”
Carroll continued by saying he was pleased Raptors top basketball executive Masai Uriji dealt Carroll to Brooklyn.
“I give credit to Masai: He helped me find a team,’’ Carroll said. “Me coming from a system in Atlanta where the team is about moving the ball, we felt like it wasn’t a fit. I’m not an iso player by any means. I’m definitely a role player and for me to be the best role player I need to be on a team that shares the ball.”
Carroll, 30, averaged 8.9 points and 3.8 rebounds in 72 games with the Raptors last season.
Here’s more out of Brooklyn:
- The Nets signed guard Yakuba Ouattara to a two-way contract Friday, per Newsday. Outtara is 6-foot-3, a native of Ghana and been playing in France for the past four years.
- With the addition of Carroll, the Nets’ starting lineup may look something like this: C Timofey Mozgov, PF Rondae Hollis-Jefferson, SF Carroll, SG Sean Kilpatrick, PG D’Angelo Russell. While the addition of Russell should excite Nets fans, this is a lineup that could still use some help. Does another trade await?