Carroll leaving Hawks for Raptors

( - The Toronto Raptors opened the NBA's free agency period by making a major move, agreeing to terms with forward DeMarre Carroll on a reported four-year contract.


According to Yahoo! Sports, Carroll will receive $60 million over the life of the deal.


Carroll, a core contributor to an Atlanta Hawks team that posted the Eastern Conference's best record last season, announced his plans to sign with Toronto via Twitter on Wednesday.


"#WeThe North I will be playing for Toronto Raptors next year!!!. I'm Blessed for this Opportunity!," Carroll wrote.

Carroll is renowned for his defensive abilities but contributed on the offensive end as well during his two seasons in Atlanta. The 28-year-old recorded career bests of 12.6 points per game and a 39.5 percent 3-point shooting rate in 2014-15, one year after putting up 11.1 points and 5.5 rebounds while starting 73 games.

The six-year veteran joins a Toronto squad that amassed 49 wins and finished first in the Atlantic Division last season, but was swept by Washington in the Eastern Conference quarterfinals. Carroll fills a glaring need on the Raptors' roster at small forward, where 2014-15 starter Terrence Ross averaged just 9.8 points.


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