DeMarre Carroll announces he's leaving after reported Raptors-Nets deal

By The Canadian Press
July 9, 2017 - 9:00am

DeMarre Carroll has announced that he's leaving the Toronto Raptors.

The oft-injured forward thanked Toronto fans Sunday morning in an Instagram post that included a picture of both Toronto supporters and the Barclays Center, the home of the Brooklyn Nets.

ESPN reported early Sunday that Toronto has agreed to trade Carroll to the Nets for centre Justin Hamilton. The Nets would also reportedly receive a 2018 lottery-protected first-round and second-round pick in the deal.

"It was a blessing to play for Toronto and for the entire nation of Canada," the post said. "It's definitely something I will remember for the rest of my life!!!

"@BrooklynNets...looking forward to meeting y'all and showing you that #Hardwork!!!"

Carroll also added that he's a member of the Nets to his Instagram bio.

The 30-year-old signed with Toronto as a free agent in 2015 but was hampered by injuries that limited him to 26 games in 2015-16 and 72 games last year.

The six-foot-eight, 212-pound Carroll averaged 8.9 points per game last season while playing a little over 26 minutes per game. Those numbers were cut in half during the post-season in which the Raptors were eliminated in the second round by the Cleveland Cavaliers. 

Hamilton played 64 games for the Nets last year, starting seven times and averaging 18.4 minutes per game. He averaged 6.9 points and 4.1 rebounds. The 27-year-old has previously played for the Minnesota Timberwolves, Miami Heat and Charlotte Hornets.

Neither team has officially announced the trade. 

Toronto re-signed star point guard Kyle Lowry and forward Serge Ibaka to three-year deals on Friday. Lowry's deal is worth a reported US$100 million while Ibaka signed a $65 million contract.

The Canadian Press

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