With the Houston Rockets agreeing to terms with forward DeMarre Carroll, let’s take a look at five things he brings to the team.
Heading into Monday evening, the Houston Rockets had two remaining roster spots and were roughly $5.6 million under the luxury tax apron. This obviously meant the Rockets were going to bring in additional players, and we’d heard a lot about how they wanted to load up on wing players.
This obviously made sense, considering how the Houston Rockets have gone all in on the small-ball strategy. The Rockets ultimately filled both of those roster spots with forwards Jeff Green and DeMarre Carroll, which was first reported by ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski.
We had previously speculated about the Rockets potentially signing Green, and we had also speculated even more recently about whether the Rockets had interest in Carroll. The challenge with Carroll was that he had just agreed to a new contract with the Spurs heading into the 2019-20 season, but he strangely couldn’t crack their non-contending lineup.
The Rockets have essentially landed one of the best options on the buyout market in Carroll, and they certainly reeled in one of the best 3-and-D players on the buyout market. What’s even more amazing is how victorious the Rockets came out during the Carroll addition, as the Spurs traded 3-point sharpshooter Davis Bertans so they could bring in Carroll, who they later waived.
So ultimately the Spurs missed out on Bertans and Carroll, while the Rockets didn’t have to give up any assets for one of the best 3-and-D forwards on the buyout market. As ESPN’s Bobby Marks explained, the Spurs will have a cap hit for each of the next three seasons just for buying out Carroll.
With Carroll agreeing to terms with the Houston Rockets, let’s take a look at five things he brings to the Space City.