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Report: New Orleans working to buy out Matt Carroll

Nov 15, 2012, 11:21 PM EDT


If you want to know why the New Orleans Hornets traded Hakim Warrick for Matt Carroll in a seemingly meaningless swap of bench players, the answer was clearly money.

We can say that because Carroll already makes $500,000 less than Warrick ($3.5 million to $4 million) and now the Hornets are working to buyout Carroll, tweets Marc Stein of ESPN (Carroll has not reported to the team).


With the buyout, which will likely be for a little less than the full amount (though not much) the Hornets save a few more bucks.

As for the second part of that tweet — unless Carroll comes with a time machine that goes back to 2007 he’s not going to do the Lakers a lot of good as a shooter. He got just 11 minutes a game for the historically bad Bobcats and shot 18.6 percent from three last season.

  1. dalucks - Nov 16, 2012 at 11:22 AM

    If the Lakers sign Matt Carroll, they would be making a bad bench worse.
    Just because a guy is white and unathletic with a limited skillset does not make him a shooter. People tried to sell me on the Jason Kapano move last year as Jason being a much needed shooter and he never made an impact in the purple and gold. The same results will occur with Matt Carroll.

    • paleihe - Nov 16, 2012 at 11:45 AM

      You shouldn’t have to be “sold” on a career 43.4% three point shooter like Kapono. Kapono is, and was, a great shooter. You may argue that he didn’t have a good year with the Lakers, but you can’t discount his actual shooting.

      AND, he only attempted 27 threes all year. Definitely not enough to get a good gauge on his shooting ability.

    • GymAlien - Nov 16, 2012 at 5:08 PM

      Many coaches don’t give less athletic shooters (sometimes white players in general) a chance to play or to do what they do best. I believe Brown is that kind of coach who is unable to use players to their fullest potential.
      And since I brought it up; I firmly believe there is a (reverse) racist undercurrent on many NBA teams (not that I think Brown is racist).
      Ooops, Did I just say that out loud?

  2. jerze2387 - Nov 16, 2012 at 12:42 PM

    If this would have happened a week ago, the Timberwolves would have signed him instead of Josh Howard…

  3. tonydelk - Nov 16, 2012 at 12:52 PM

    The Hornets just gave up their chance to win the title this year. Wherever Matt Carroll ends up will surely change the landscape of the NBA title picture. Hat tip to Marc Stein for really caring about the future of Matt Carroll.

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