Clear­ing space

Rap­tors dump Car­roll, get Miles for Joseph

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - SPORTS - BY JON KRAWCZYNSKI

Look­ing down the bar­rel of some sig­nif­i­cant lux­ury tax penal­ties, Toronto Rap­tors GM Ma­sai Ujiri is mov­ing swiftly to get be­low the tax line while keep­ing his team com­pet­i­tive in the wide-open East­ern Con­fer­ence.

Ujiri pulled off two trades in about 12 hours, send­ing vet­eran for­ward DeMarre Car­roll to Brook­lyn in a salary dump and land­ing C.J. Miles in a sig­nand-trade with In­di­ana for Cory Joseph, three peo­ple with knowl­edge of the deal­ings told The As­so­ci­ated Press.

The Rap­tors and Nets agreed to the Car­roll deal late Satur­day night, with Toronto send­ing a fu­ture first- and sec­ond-round pick to Brook­lyn with Car­roll and get­ting Justin Hamil­ton in re­turn.

The deal al­lowed Toronto to off­load Car­roll’s re­main­ing two years and $30 mil­lion from its books, which helped the Rap­tors dip be­low the puni­tive lux­ury tax line in a sum­mer when they re-signed point guard Kyle Lowry to a three­year, $100-mil­lion deal.

Car­roll was com­ing off a dis­ap­point­ing sea­son in which he av­er­aged 8.9 points on 34 per cent shoot­ing in 72 games. Still, his abil­i­ties as a de­fender and his vet­eran pres­ence were im­por­tant for a Rap­tors team that is try­ing to close the gap on Le­Bron James and the Cleve­land Cava­liers, who swept Toronto out of the East­ern Con­fer­ence semi­fi­nals.

So Ujiri moved quickly to plug the hole, agree­ing to terms with Miles on a three-year, $25 mil­lion con­tract and send­ing backup point guard Cory Joseph to the Pac­ers to com­plete the trade. The 30-year-old Miles is com­ing off one of the best sea­sons of his ca­reer. He shot 41 per cent from three-point range and is an ac­com­plished de­fender as well.

Deal­ing Joseph opens up more time at point guard be­hind Lowry for emerg­ing tal­ent Delon Wright while giv­ing the re­build­ing Pac­ers an ex­pe­ri­enced ball-han­dler af­ter los­ing Jeff Teague in free agency.

The Minnesota Tim­ber­wolves were also ne­go­ti­at­ing with Miles in a po­ten­tial trade that would have sent Cole Aldrich to In­di­ana. But the Wolves re­fused to add Ok­la­homa City’s lottery pro­tected 2018 first-round pick they got from Utah in the trade for Ricky Ru­bio to make the deal palat­able for the Pac­ers.

ESPN first re­ported the trades.

For re­build­ing Brook­lyn, it was the lat­est in a se­ries of moves de­signed at ac­cu­mu­lat­ing as many qual­ity as­sets as pos­si­ble.

GM Sean Marks has been cre­ative in his will­ing­ness to ac­cept con­tracts other teams view as oner­ous in ex­change for valu­able pieces.

Ear­lier this sum­mer, Marks agreed to take on Ti­mofey Moz­gov’s con­tract from the Lak­ers when Los An­ge­les also in­cluded for­mer No. 2 overall pick D’An­gelo Rus­sell.

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