Player Valuations: Matt Carroll

Posted by Rob Mahoney on February 18, 2009 under Commentary, xOther | Be the First to Comment

Specs: Small forward.  6’6”, 212 lbs.

2008-2009 Stats: (as a Maverick) 2.0 PPG, 0.7 RPG, 35.3% FG, 0.0% 3FG (?!), 3.0 PER

Why we want him: He’s not DeSagana Diop.  Diop had been inexplicably withering away in Dallas, and he was making the Mavs’ brass look like morons for signing him to the full midlevel exception.  It wasn’t a good idea assuming Diop’s then-status quo level of production, and it certainly wasn’t a good idea after his regression.  So instead of paying Diop’s escalating salary over the next five years, the Mavs will foot the bill for Carroll and save themselves $11 million over that same span.  One can only hope that Carroll regains his confidence and in turn, his shooting stroke, but worst case he’s still cheaper than Diop.

Why they want him: See Antoine Wright.

Trade value: Very Low.  Like Hollins, Carroll can only be acquired by himself.  He can’t be packaged with other Mavs to make a trade work salary-wise until 2 months from his acquisition date (so basically, the off-season).  So…anybody looking to sign themselves up for a five year commitment to a rotation player who seems to have lost his one marketable skill through the hole in his pocket?

Likelihood of Being Traded Before the Deadline: In honor of Jim Jackson, former Maverick and the most stereotypical NBA journeyman to ever journey, man, each player’s likelihood of being traded will be evaluated using the Jim Jackson Index (JJI; a scale of 0-5):

0.5 Jim Jacksons out of 5.