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DeMarre Carroll
DeMarre Carroll
Position: F
Born: 06/27/86
Height: 6-8 / 2.03
Weight:212 lbs. / 96.2 kg.
Salary: $13,600,000
What was your pitch to Carroll when you met with him? Dwane Casey: We need you. You’re a defensive guy. We want to be a defensive team. We had been until last year. We moved from 30th [in defensive efficiency in 2010-11, the season before Casey was hired] to top 10, and then took a step back unwillingly. He’s a big part of us taking that next step. That was the pitch. I love his story, that he’s a self-made player. If said six years ago that DeMarre Carroll would be one of the top players in the league, nobody would have believed you. But he’s made himself into that player. That’s my kind of guy and our kind of guy.
via NBA.com
Did it come down to you had to choose either Paul or DeMarre? Mike Budenholzer: I don’t know if I would characterize it that you had to choose one or the other. It may just be word play, but ultimately there is not enough for everybody. I think we value DeMarre, and he was a big part of our success. We will miss him. But sometimes you have to make hard decisions. I guess it’s part of the NBA of having a good team and having players who play well and deserve opportunities. I don’t like to think of it as picking one over the other. I like to think of it as sometimes there is not enough for everything that you want.
via Atlanta Journal-Constitution