They have dealt with significant injuries to center Joel Embiid and last year's No. 1 pick, Ben Simmons, over the last three years.
To put the trade into perspective, the Indiana Pacers were unable to fetch any first-rounder for Paul George.Plus, the Minnesota Timberwolves were reportedly attempting to convince the Nets to take Cole Aldrich on a salary dump, but refused to attach a pick in the deal.
In DeMarre Carroll they just might find one.
Miles, a 12-year veteran who can play both wing positions, averaged almost 11 points per game last year while shooting 41 percent from 3-point range. This is the case again as the Raptors got DeMarre Carroll's two year $30 million contract off their books.
For his part, the 30-year-old Carroll could actually play a valuable role for an otherwise young Nets team.More news: Jamal Murray to Miss Las Vegas Summer League
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Carroll will have an opportunity to continue as a starting small forward with the Nets. This was a good trade for both teams. The talent gap between the players is a strong indicator that the move appears to be financially motivated. He then signed a FA contract with the Raptors and never fully regained that shooting touch he had in Atlanta.
Neither team has officially announced the trade. The Raptors need the Caroll trade to Brooklyn's space to be finalized before the Miles deal can become official.
Carroll is headed to a new team..
The 6-foot-8 McKinnie averaged 14.9 points and 9.2 rebounds in 50 games for the Windy City Bulls of the G League last season and played in the league's All-Star game.
The bottom line: It's not a major setback in the Nets' cap situation, which should be enough to reassure fans. In his eight-season career, he's played for the Memphis Grizzlies, Houston Rockets, Denver Nuggets and Utah Jazz as well as the Hawks and Raptors.