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Hawks waive DeShawn Stevenson, will sign DeMarre Carroll

Aug 2, 2013, 6:34 PM EDT

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DeShawn Stevenson started 31 games for the Hawks last season, but as the team continues its summer overhaul of the roster, Stevenson and his contract of $2.2 million are now a thing of the past.

Atlanta has waived Stevenson and will replace him by signing DeMarre Carroll, according to a report from Chris Vivlamore of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. The move is one that has apparently been planned for some time.

Carroll agreed to a two-year, $5 million contract on July 5th, the same day the team agreed to a deal with his Jazz teammate Paul Millsap. The delay in signing was for salary cap reasons as the Hawks rebuilt much of their roster this offseason. The Hawks were retaining Bird rights for several of their unrestricted free agents.

Stevenson shot 36.4 percent from three-point distance last season, and can play either the shooting guard or small forward positions. But he averaged just 5.1 points in 20.7 minutes per game, while appearing in just 56 contests due to struggling with a knee injury.

With Stevenson now gone, all five players Atlanta received in last summer’s deal that sent Joe Johnson to Brooklyn have been cleared from the roster.

  1. diehardcowboysfan - Aug 2, 2013 at 6:44 PM

    Hope he goes back to Dallas

  2. atlfan31833 - Aug 2, 2013 at 7:23 PM

    Danny Ferry for President. He is clearing out all non-contributors.

  3. 00maltliquor - Aug 2, 2013 at 7:38 PM

    LOL “Stevenson and his contract of $2.2 million are now a thing of the past.” but DeMarre Carroll signed for two-year, $5 million ($2.5 per year ave.)! FOH! lol

    • xblthatguy - Aug 2, 2013 at 9:42 PM

      It was probably a deal that increases 10% a year, and it’s easier to say 2.2 million for the first year than the actual amount.

  4. drunkenjunk - Aug 2, 2013 at 9:44 PM

    I’d love to have him back in Dallas. I’ll always remember how he played in the 11 title run.

    • muhangis - Aug 3, 2013 at 4:51 AM

      In ’11 playoffs…… Are you talking about his amazing production of 4.5 pts, 0.9 reb, 0.6 ass, 0.5 to’s in 15.8 mins per game? With his 34.9% field goal.. and below avg. defense.

      Stevenson’s got nothing to do with that title run. Yes he was on the roster, but it’s more accurate to say that Dallas overcame the liability.. w/ guys like Nowitzki, Chandler, Kidd, Terry, & crew. Simply thank the man above they didn’t give him too many mins.. that’s all

      • muhangis - Aug 3, 2013 at 4:53 AM

        Oh, and his reg. season wasn’t any better.

      • franco7788 - Aug 3, 2013 at 1:09 PM

        Huh? Did you actually watch any Mavericks playoff games that post-season? I’m not sure if you’re a Mavericks fan or not but take it from someone that was at every single Mavericks post season game in 2011. Stevenson was a crucial part of that team DEFENSIVELY. Rick didn’t need him for his barely non-existent offensive production. Many other players on the team could compensate for that. He was there to provide solid defence on opposing wings and he did that. He may have been a liability offensively (but that would require him jacking up shots like his name was Monta Ellis) but he definitely was a necessity defensively for that team and helped overcome the defensive liability players like Jason Terry were for that team.
        His defense HELPED key and continue their run to the title that post season. That’s all.

      • drunkenjunk - Aug 3, 2013 at 8:37 PM

        He stepped up when it.mattered

      • adamsjohn714 - Aug 3, 2013 at 10:58 PM

        I believe muhangis summarized it quite succintly, drunkenjunk. Has it not mattered yet? Cause we’re still waiting for that Stevenson breakthrough.

    • uncledrew22 - Aug 3, 2013 at 10:27 AM

      I’m sure Cuban we be on the phone with him shortly.

  5. adamsjohn714 - Aug 2, 2013 at 11:34 PM

    This is a pretty nice move for the Hawks. Carroll is a much better player, and he’s underpaid for his production.

    • uncledrew22 - Aug 3, 2013 at 10:36 AM

      Carroll can’t shoot the ball, and D Stevenson is a better shooter and defender.

      • adamsjohn714 - Aug 3, 2013 at 5:30 PM

        Carroll gets to the line 4x as often, making him a better scorer with a higher TS% at a greater volume (17 Point per 48 versus 12 for Stevenson). Carroll is also a much better rebounder, pulling down incredible offensive rebounding numbers (these are important). Carroll also averages 5x as many blocks per 48 minutes, and 2x as many steals. Plus, Carroll is much younger, just coming off a year where he’s improved, while Stevenson is old, likely to decline, and consistently put up poor numbers the majority of his career.

  6. doctordunkenstein - Aug 3, 2013 at 1:12 PM


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