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Raptors expect to waive newly-acquired Justin Hamilton

11 July 2017

Toronto Raptors guard Cory Joseph (6) handles the ball against Phoenix Suns in the first half of the National Basketball Association game at Talking Stick Resort Arena.

The deal is contingent upon the finalization of the previously-reported trade that will send DeMarre Carroll from Toronto to the Nets.

Carroll, who played for the Jazz two seasons from 2011-13, averaged 8.9 points, 3.8 rebounds and 1.0 assists for the Raptors past year while starting all 72 games he played. He started 72 regular season games for the Raptors last season and averaged 8.9 points, 3.8 boards, and shot 34% from three. Atkinson used the severely undersized Hollis-Jefferson as a slash-4 (it would be a stretch to call him a stretch-4 given his abysmal shooting stats) last season, so I would expect Carroll to play up in certain small-ball configurations. Yes, he's owed $30-million over the next two seasons, but Brooklyn had plenty of cap space to take the hit. IN was concerned that he will decline his 2018-19 player option when negotiating a trade earlier in the off-season. The Wizards probably thought they were getting revenge for what they perceived as Marks' extortionist bid for an above-average young player by stringing it out until Wednesday, but it seems Marks will get the last word.

The Indiana Pacers have continued to strip away at their core. Joseph will compete with Darren Collison for the position.

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The big question now is what do the Raptors do at small forward? Raptors point guard Cory Joseph will head back to IN in the deal. Toronto deemed him expendable and will hand the backup point guard minutes over to third-year man Delon Wright.

In order to fix the hole created by the jettisoning of Carroll, the Raptors acquired wing shooter C.J. Miles and, by proxy, invested a modest three-year contract in his services.

After adding Cory Joseph's salary to the books, the Indiana Pacers have $93,619,044 in salary. The only benefit to structuring this as a sign-and-trade instead of two separate transactions is allowing Toronto to retain its midlevel, which the team is unlikely to use at this point anyway.

The Pacers needed point guard depth after Jeff Teague bolted for Minnesota in free agency.

Raptors expect to waive newly-acquired Justin Hamilton