While the focus for the Los Angeles Lakers is currently on the upcoming NBA Draft Lottery, there's still plenty of rumors floating around regarding the team's pivotal dip into free agency this July.
A multitude of interesting names have been connected to the Lakers as potential targets, with emerging Atlanta Hawks weapon DeMarre Carroll the latest to be mentioned.
He’ll find himself in an interesting spot this summer as a free agent for the second time. Carroll will be in demand and has raised his value to the point where he could triple his salary come 2015-16. But he’s a late-bloomer (28 years old) who doesn’t have a long track record for playing at this level. Interested teams must decide whether Carroll’s best years are indeed ahead of him, or if he’s a role player taking advantage of the Hawks’ system. With the salary cap expected to jump, the Los Angeles Lakers, New York Knicks or Dallas Mavericks (among other teams) could force the Hawks’ financial hand.
Carroll average 12.6 points and 5.3 rebounds a game with the Eastern Conference's #1 seed in the regular season. He's upped his game even more in the playoffs, emerging as a go-to option for an altogether inconsistent Hawks squad.
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