But the more I'm thinking about it, the more I'm actually hating this trade. At first I didn't mind it, but now that I've had time to look into the numbers, it doesn't make a lot of sense.
For one, Matt Carroll is going to see extremely limited minutes. I'm guessing 80% of the time he's going to get DNP-CD. It won't help, in Carroll's case, the Raptors bench is extremely deep and a handful of swingman are more talented than him. Secondly, Carroll still has 4 years left on his deal In the remaining 4 years, he's getting paid roughly $4M per season. Marcus Banks also makes $4M per season, but his contract only has 2 years remaining on it. Yes, getting rid of Banks is a positive. But I'd much retain him, rather than dealing him for someone who isn't a free agent until July 2013, and isn't much better talent wise.
In my opinion, this is the first questionable off-season move by Bryan Colangelo. With this trade, I think it just shows how desperate the team was in moving Marcus Banks. But by any means, I'm not going to hate on Bryan Colangelo--this was a small move, and it doesn't make the Raptors any better or worse. But financially, it doesn't make sense.
When/if this trade goes down, it will probably complete the off-season. The Raptors have 15 players on the roster, regardless if we keep Banks or add Carroll. By the way--I felt dumb after Thursday's blog--I didn't realize the Delfino and Ukic trade was technically a 2 for 1 (because Delfino wasn't a Raptor). So, my bad.