DeMarre Carroll told Brian Lewis that his agent, Mark Bartlestein, has told him “a lot” of teams are interested in acquiring him. Thanks, but no thanks, said the Nets small forward.
“Mark just told me a lot of teams are interested. He talked to [GM] Sean [Marks] and they value me a lot here,” Carroll told The Post.
“You really don’t know what’ll happen. He just told me stay focused and continue to keep on doing well. I’m old enough I understand rumors are rumors. Until somebody calls and I’m shipping up out of here, continue to keep playing great basketball for the Brooklyn Nets.”
Last week, Bartlestein told Greg Logan that he “knows” the Nets aren’t shopping him.
“I’m sure there’s a lot of teams interested in DeMarre,” Bartlestein told Logan. “He affects the game in a lot of different ways, and a lot of people would love to have him. But I know Sean Marks and Kenny (Atkinson) value him big time.
“I know for sure they’re not trying to trade him. There’s always conversations around the league and anything can happen, but I know the Brooklyn Nets put a great value on DeMarre . . . I want to make sure people realize that.”
That of course wouldn’t rule out the Nets listening to offers. Marks told Lewis and Logan on Thursday that he’s “curious” to see what he’s offered for the team’s veterans.
There had been rumors of interest from the Heat, Pelicans and Pistons in recent weeks, but the term, “a lot,” would seem to indicate more teams might be looking at Carroll. He earns $14.8 million this season, $15.8 million next. The Nets acquired him last July in a deal that brought him, the Raptors lottery-protected first rounder, and the Magic second rounder to Brooklyn for Justin Hamilton who was cut and is now playing in China.
Carroll is averaging career highs in points (13.0), rebounds (6.5), and assists (1.9) while working with the Nets younger players. At 31, he is the team’s oldest player and one of two 30 year olds on the roster. He has publicly credited the Nets performance team with his success this year after two injury-filled years in Toronto.
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