Carroll agreed to a three-year, $21 million contract with San Antonio in a sign-and-trade from Brooklyn this summer. The Spurs are on the hook for only $1.35 million in the final season of his deal, 2021-22.
The 33-year-old was not with the Spurs when they started their eight-game rodeo trip on Feb. 2, as they looked into moving him by the Feb. 6 trade deadline, per Orsborn. Before things reached this point, Carroll was already vocal about his reduced role.
Carroll, known as a prototypical three-and-D forward who can play either position, holds career averages of 9 PPG and 4.3 RPG, while shooting 35.9% from deep on 3.2 attempts a night. Those numbers have cratered this season with the Spurs, with whom he is averaging just nine minutes a night and has suited up for a scant 15 games total.
“I felt like San Antonio was going to be a great place for me, for my talents,” Carroll said of his frustrating tenure with the Spurs this season. “But it didn’t work out.”
Due to the length of Carroll’s current contract, a buyout that satisfies both sides might be difficult to reach. Carroll was noncommittal but noted that his agent Mark Bartelstein is at least looking into it. “He is handling that,” Carroll said. “[He] and [Spurs general manager] Brian (Wright) and all of them. I don’t know what direction we are going to go. But at the end of the day, at 33, I don’t want to waste my talents just sitting at the end of the bench, knowing I could help a team produce.”
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