Atlanta Hawks forward DeMarre Carroll’s identity was that of a journeyman during his first four years in the NBA, as he had stints with the Memphis Grizzlies, Houston Rockets, Denver Nuggets and Utah Jazz. Carroll joined the Hawks in 2013, and since then he has become an important piece of a 60-win Atlanta team that sits atop the Eastern Conference standings.
Carroll, a three-point specialist and defensive stalwart, is going to hit unrestricted free agency this summer, and after spending so much time bouncing between ball-clubs, he’ll look to secure a long-term, lucrative deal this summer. A handful of teams will be courting Carroll, but according to Marc Berman of the New York Post, the Knicks are the one team in particular that Carroll has his eye on.
“Most definitely,’’ Carroll said when asked if the Knicks would be a high consideration.“When guys talk about playing in certain places — they talk about Madison Square Garden and Staples Center. Those two places. New York has a lot to offer but at the end of the season, I’ll let my agent do that. We’ll keep our options and hopefully it will work out for the best.’’
Atlanta will give their best-ditch effort to retain the 28-year-old Carroll, but money talks, and the big-market Knicks will have plenty to flaunt in front of him. The interest is sure to be mutual on New York’s end, as their current roster managed to muster up 17 wins this season (18 if they beat Detroit on Wednesday.) They are desperate for talent, and Carroll would be a very solid addition to that barren roster.
DeMarre Carroll averaged 12.7 points and 5.4 rebounds on 49% shooting from the field and 39% from three.