NBA trades: Raptors to trade DeMarre Carroll, 2018 draft picks to Nets for Justin Hamilton, per report

This isn’t a surprise, and it’s a simple deal. Livingston has been a terrific piece for the Warriors for the last three years, a bench player who can slide up and down their lineup anywhere from the 1 to the 3 position both offensively and defensively. He’s a perfect fit for their positionless scheme, and his ability to initiate offense also gives them some security on that end in case Andre Iguodala signs elsewhere. Value-wise, it’s a perfect deal on both sides.

The partial guarantee on the third year is also vital for the Warriors, who by that stage could be in major luxury tax hell. The ability to dump Livingston if necessary in order to keep their core of stars together is extremely important, and could save them from making a tough call. He’ll also be a tremendous trade asset in that second year due to the nature of the deal.

The Raptors will reportedly trade small forward DeMarre Carroll and both its 2018 NBA Draft picks to the Nets for center Justin Hamilton, per ESPN.

With the trade, the Raptors will be off the hook for $30 million owed to Carroll over the next two seasons. His contract expires in 2019.

Carroll played two seasons in Toronto, averaging 9.4 points, 4.1 rebounds and 1.0 assists in two seasons. In return, the Raptors get Hamilton, who played one season in Brooklyn and averaged 6.9 points, 4.1 rebounds and 0.9 assists. He is set to get $3 million in the final year of his contract.

In the meantime, Carroll will reunite with Nets coach Kenny Atkinson, who coached Carroll as an assistant for two seasons from 2013-15. Carroll’s two-year stint there was the most productive of his career: He averaged 11.8 points, 5.4 assists and 4.0 rebounds in two seasons.

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