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PBT’s trade deadline tracker — up to minute news, analysis

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Trade deadline day in the NBA can be ridiculously hard to keep up with as reality and rumor collide. We understand. That’s why we’re here to help. This is our trade deadline day deal tracker — the one place where all the NBA’s trade deadline news and rumors will be. Plus you get our thoughts on everything. This post will be constantly updated throughout the day as the newest information becomes available. Just hit refresh and you will know what we do.

Also, you can track what everyone at PBT, Yahoo Sports and the Comcast Sports Network is saying on twitter by checking out our running NBA twitter feed for the day. That is a great way to stay on top of things.

4:04 pm: We should note that the Utah Jazz chose not to make a move and now have two free agent big men, Al Jefferson and Paul Millsap. They likely are going to lose one of those for nothing now (they probably re-sign the other).

4:00 pm: Golden State did make two small deals at the trade deadline, which is enough to get them under the luxury tax line for this year. They sent Jeremy Tyler to Atlanta and Charles Jenkins to Philadelphia, reports Marc Stein of ESPN. They are getting a second round pick back on both of those. This doesn’t impact the Warriors on the court but it is good for their bottom line (getting under the line helps with the repeater tax in future years).

3:55 pm: Ric Bucher of Comcast Bay Area says it was the Hawks that back out of the Josh Smith trade at the last minute. Bucher put this out on Sulia: “Hawks would’ve received Ekpe Udoh, Luc Mbah-Moute, Beno Udrih and a protected No. 1 pick. Can’t imagine the Bucks are happy having invested so much time in trying to make it happen. Leaves big question now if Hawks can do better this summer.”

3:33 pm: One last trade sneaks in just under the wire at the league office — New York trades Ronnie Brewer to Oklahoma City for a second-round pick, Ken Berger of CBSSports.com reports.

3:18 pm: Josh Smith is staying in Atlanta. This was always a possibility — Danny Ferry wants cap space and flexibility and if he couldn’t get that with a trade he could just let Smith and his $13 million come off the books at the end of the season. That’s what he’s doing.

3:16 pm: From the earlier Jordan Crawford to the Celtics trade, the Wizards also get Jason Collins from Boston. Note to Wizards fans, if you see a lot of Collins on the court it’s a bad sign.

3:08 pm: Charlotte swapped forwards right at the deadline with the Magic — Hakim Warrick to Orlando,  Josh McRoberts to Charlotte.

3:06 pm: Atlanta traded Anthony Morrow to Dallas for Dahntay Jones, reports ESPN.

3:04 pm: Looks like the Bucks and Magic worked out a straight up deal for J.J. Redick — Redick, Gustavo Ayon, and Ish Smith go to the Bucks and the Magic get  Doron Lamb, Beno Udrih and Tobias Harris.

3:00 pm: DEADLINE. A few things may still trickle in, we’re watching for it, but the paperwork needs to already be at the NBA league office.

2:59 pm: The Hawks have pulled out of the three-way talks with the Bucks and Magic, a deal that at one point may have involved a last, desperate attempt to move Josh Smith. So it comes down to the Bucks trying to get J.J. Redick straight up.

2:53 pm: From Joshua Robbins of the Orlando Sentinel: “The Magic are working on a 3-way trade, which would include J.J. Redick. Milwaukee is one of the teams.” That smells of a Josh Smith deal as well, but there are not a lot of details.

2:48 pm: Right up against the deadline, the Thunder are talking about a deal that would send backup point guard Eric Maynor to Portland, reports Marc Stein of ESPN. That makes sense for the Blazers, the question is what goes back to OKC in the deal. There seems to be some weight here as it popped up a number of places. And Stein says this appears to be all but done.

2:40 pm: Report now that the Pacers are out of the J.J. Redick sweepstakes. That means unless somebody swoops in last minute it is down to Philly and Orlando for a possible deal. It feels more and more like Redick could stay the season, but then Orlando gets nothing for him when he leaves as a free agent this summer.

2:30 pm: Just half an hour left until the trade deadline and Josh Smith is still in Atlanta, J.J. Redick is still in Orlando and Metta World Peace is still in his Cookie Monster pajamas.

2:09 pm: The Suns and Raptors have made it official — Hamed Haddadi and a second round pick to  Phoenix, which brings Sebastian Telfair to Toronto as a backup point guard. We’d heard about this one before and Chris Broussard of ESPN says it’s done.

2:02 pm: The trade is Jordan Crawford to the Celtics for the expiring contract of Leandro Barbosa, reports Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports. Barbosa is out for the season with an ankle injury, this is simply a cash move for Washington. Crawford can provide some perimeter scoring for the Celtics off the bench.

2:00 pm: One hour to the deadline. One hour left.

1:57 pm: Now multiple reports say that while Jordan Crawford looks headed to Boston, it is not Fab Melo going to Washington. Not sure who else is on the end of that bench the Wizards would want.

1:50 pm: The Miami Heat have worked out a deal to send little used big man Dexter Pittman to the Memphis Grizzlies for a 2013 second round pick reports Marc Spears of Yahoo Sports. Memphis also gets Miami’s second round pick (they swap picks). This creates a roster spot for the Heat to add another body.

1:48 pm: Deal close now for something reported a while ago — Jordan Crawford goes to Boston and Fab Melo comes back to Washington. Marc Spears of Yahoo is the latest but this has been picking up steam.

1:44 pm: Zach Lowe of Grantland makes a good point — we had a couple major deals this year, just they happened earlier than normal. Those are the James Harden and Rudy Gay trades.

1:41 pm: There are multiple reports that the Lakers approached the Cavaliers about Daniel Gibson, problem is what minor role player on the Lakers would you like to take back? Exactly. The Lakers have no assets worth trading.

1:13 pm: The Nuggets don’t like the offers they are getting and will not trade Timofey Mozgov, reports Adrian Wojnarowski. They also are not going to buy him out. He’s just going to have very good seats at the rest of the Nuggets games this season.

1:06 pm: I feel like I am just sitting here humming the Jeopardy theme.

Fact is that the new CBA and luxury tax  have scared teams off and they are not making the big moves this deadline. The owners hoped this would flatten out the talent pool by making teams afraid of spending like the Lakers did this summer anyway. It feels more and more like Josh Smith may get moved and some smaller deals but that’s it. Even Redick may stay in Orlando.

12:59 pm: Josh Smith admitted that it was hard to sleep last night because of all the trade rumors, tweets the Atlanta Journal Constitution. He also said, “No matter what happens Atlanta will still be home. ”

12:50 pm: Portland is still shopping J.J. Hickson around but want a first round pick and are not finding any takers, ESPN Chris Broussard reports. Hickson is a free agent this summer and teams that have interest will just wait until then.

12:48 pm: So far a very slow trade deadline, but with more than two hours left things could start to fly. However, the predictions of a slower than normal trade deadline have a nice lead as we make the turn toward the home stretch.

12:43 pm: Sorry Bulls fans, but your team will not be moving Carlos Boozer at the deadline, for anyone or anything (via ESPN’s Chris Broussard, although it is not a surprise). They also are not going to get J.J. Redick. It looks like you will get the same old Bulls, but with Derrick Rose, the rest of the way.

12:35 pm: More buzz that if the Knicks make any move it will be Ronnie Brewer. Iman Shumpert is not going anywhere. He stays a Knick, to the delight of Knicks fans.

12:30 pm: Teams are dropping out of the J.J. Redick sweepstakes like flies. Detroit is out of the running and the Bucks have pulled back. Ridick likes the idea of the San Antonio Spurs — he lives in Texas in the off-season and the Spurs are really good — but they are out according to Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports. The Magic want a first round pick and the Spurs first round picks stink. Pacers, 76ers still in mix, may be others.

11:58 am: Some buzz out there that the Clippers and Celtics are talking again (about what… Kevin Garnett? Not again). Again, coach Vinny Del Negro and some in the Clippers organization want to go into full on win-now mode and try to swing a deal like that for Eric Bledsoe and DeAndre Jordan, but the decision makers are not sold. Chris Paul pushing for it is the one guy who can swing that, but he tried to talk KG into leaving Boston this summer and was told no.

11:43 am: Marc Stein of ESPN says this could happen — Hamed Haddadi and a second round pick to  Phoenix, which brings Sebastian Telfair to Toronto as a backup point. As we’ve said, since the Jose Calderon trade the Raptors need a backup point so there is some logic here. Telfair also is friends with Kyle Lowry and Rudy Gay.

11:40 am: The Boston Celtics are making a trade-deadline run at Tyreke Evans and the Kings are open to the idea, reports Mark Stein of ESPN.

11:34 am: Josh Smith is participating in Hawks practice on Thursday. Take that for what it’s worth. His name still is being passed around in trade talks more than a joint at a Cypress Hill concert.

11:31 am: Multiple reports say the Kings are willing to trade Tyreke Evans in the right deal. Not sure what the right deal would be but that is out there

11:28 am: The Bobcats want to move Gerald Henderson — a solid role-playing guard — but can’t find anyone willing to surrender a first round pick for him, reports Adrian Wojnarowski at Yahoo Sports. If I were a contending team needing guard help to win now and with a pick in the 20s, I’d offer that. But nothing more. Apparently Charlotte can’t even get that.

11:19 am: While there seems to be some buzz out there, the Nuggets have said they have no intention of buying out Timofey Mozgov’s deal. If you want him, you have to trade for him. Miami wants him but lacks the assets to get it done, reports Adrian Wojnarowski at Yahoo Sports.

11:14 am: In case you are watching SportsCenter or some other network talking about it, let me just be clear again — the Lakers ARE NOT TRADING DWIGHT HOWARD UNDER ANY CIRCUMSTANCES. So stop talking about it.

11:07 am: There has been some buzz that the Rockets would try to flip Thomas Robinson after getting him in a trade Wednesday. First, they could only flip him if he got to the team and cleared his physical before the deadline, which is unlikely. Plus, they want to keep him in Houston, not trade him, according to Rockets beat reporter for the Chronicle Jonathan Feigen.

10:59 am: What is it with the Bulls owners and their owners hatred of the luxury tax? J.J. Redick would be a great fit for the Bulls on the court, but they are cooling on him because Redick is a free agent next summer and to re-sign him would send the Bulls into the luxury tax, Ken Berger reports at CBS. The Bulls have never paid the tax. Never. And they are trying to move Rip Hamilton now to get below the line this year.

10:51 am: The Bulls would love to move Richard Hamilton to save some money, other teams seem to be asking for a pick to sweeten the deal and the Bulls are saying no, reports Adrian Wojnarowski.

10:45 am: Who is pushing hardest for J.J. Redick? The Bucks, Pacers, Spurs, 76ers according to David Aldridge of TNT and NBA.com. In the Bucks case it might only be if Monta Ellis gets moved (part of the J.R. Smith deal). The Magic will end up taking what they see as the best first rounder of those for him (Sixers?).

10:37 am: Now comes the rumor that the Bucks will not send Monta Ellis to Atlanta as part of a Josh Smith deal. That from Chris Broussard. I would say not to believe much of anything specific coming out of the talks. The talks are certainly serious and going on, but the details will be in constant flux until a deal is reached.

10:34 am: The Boston Celtics and Washington Wizards are having a Fab Melo for Jordan Crawford discussion, according to ESPN’s Chris Broussard. That would give the Celtics some more perimeter shooting.

10:15 am: It looks like the Milwaukee Bucks may be the font runners to land Josh Smith, Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports reports. The deal would look something like Monta Ellis, Ekpe Udoh and other players for Smith and Devin Harris.

10:05 am: The Lakers are looking to shed a little salary and are offering Steve Blake, Chris Duhon, Devin Ebanks, Darius Morris for 2nd-round picks, reports Adrian Wojnarowski at Yahoo Sports.

Contrary to earlier reports, the Magic are still looking at Redick deals and have some offers of first round picks, they are just in the 20s and the Magic are holding out something better comes along, reports Wojnarowski.

Golden State is trying to unload some of the guys at the end of their bench to get under the luxury tax line.

9:55 am: Sounds like the Bucks and Dallas have a deal in place to send reserve point guard Beno Udrih to Texas, but it’s on hold in case Udrih becomes part of the ongoing talks between the Bucks and Hawks about Josh Smith, reports Marc Stein at ESPN.

9:50 am: Here is where we stand as the morning tips off:

• The Orlando Magic apparently told J.J. Redick they were not going to trade him. I wouldn’t bet on that. Lots of teams still interested and talking to Orlando.

• It depends on who you talk to and when, I guess. Ken Berger at CBSSports says the Rockets are “involved at high level” in Josh Smith talks. Then Adrian Wojnarowski at Yahoo Sports reports the Rockets appear to be out of the Josh Smith sweepstakes, because Atlanta asking for Omer Asik and Chandler Parsons, which is a pretty steep price. The Rockets will have the cap space to go after Smith (or Dwight Howard, or anyone) this summer as a free agent if they so choose.

• The Raptors are the front-runners to land Sebastian Telfair, reports Wojnarowski. This makes sense, after the Jose Calderon trade the Raptors need some depth at the point and Telfair is out of the rotation in Phoenix.

• Andrea Bargnani likely is not moved at the deadline, reports the Toronto Sun. That fits with the rumblings out there, the fact is the Raptors couldn’t get real value back for him. Why? Teams have seen Bargnani play.

• The Spurs may not move DeJuan Blair after all, reports David Aldridge of TNT. That may just be posturing as the Spurs try to get a better deal. If he does stay it sucks for Blair, who has been squeezed out of the rotation.

Ken Berger of CBS brings us another report that the Nets don’t want Ben Gordon of the Bobcats. The Nets really want to get that news out there.

Byron Scott: I have no relationship now with D’Angelo Russell

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As D'Angelo Russell heaps praise on new Lakers coach Luke Walton, it’s difficult not to interpret the comments as an implicit slam of Byron Scott.

How does the previous Lakers coach, who frequently clashed with Russell, feel about that?

Scott – who coached Jason Kidd with the Nets, Chris Paul with the Hornets and Kyrie Irving with the Cavaliers – via TMZ:

It doesn’t bother me at all. My track record with guards speaks for itself. So, I don’t pay, really, no attention.

It don’t have a relationship with D’Angelo.

Russell might find that familiar.

Kendrick Perkins: Kevin Durant didn’t properly respect Russell Westbrook with or while leaving Thunder

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On one hand, there’s the Kevin Durant who professed his deep friendship with Russell Westbrook, had Westbrook’s back at every turn and even preemptively stuck up for Westbrook.

On the other hand, there’s the Durant who reportedly had problems with Westbrook’s playing style, distanced himself from Westbrook during free agency, signed with the Warriors, texted Westbrook about his departure and, according to Westbrook, hasn’t talked to Westbrook.

How do you square all that?

Kendrick Perkins, who played with the two stars on the Thunder, provides fantastic perspective.

Perkins on The Vertical Podcast with Woj:

I think to me, what happened was with Russ and KD, I think they never really valued one another other like they should have. And not saying that they didn’t value as didn’t like each other. What I’m talking is, I don’t think they ever realized and said – I don’t think Russ ever realized and said, “Hey, man, I got Kevin Durant on my side. We could take over this league.” And I never thought KD did the vice versa. He never said, “Hey, I got Russell Westbrook on my side.” You’ve got two of the top five players in the NBA on the same team, and I just think that they never valued each other.

And trust me – I’m telling you this right now – when they think about this 10 years later, they’re going regret that. They’re going to regret that they didn’t value each other the way that they should have. And I’m talking about both of them.

And I ain’t saying they didn’t like each other, because it wasn’t none of that. I mean, we all played cards. They laughed and joked. We all had conversation. We had a group text going about Redskins and Cowboys football, because it was all good.

I think what it was was this. Let me correct that. I think what it was was this. Russ actually did value KD as being the player that he is. But what I had to explain – and I explained to KD – is that what you have to understand also about Russ is that Russ, at the time, he wasn’t getting the credit of being on the same level as KD. But he had the potential.

And like I was saying was, the whole thing was that, I thought out of all that, it never really came down to those two guys that got in the way of each other. It always was the outside that got in the way of both of them.

It was always the outside. It was always a controversy of whose team it was.

Why it just can’t be both of y’all’s team? How about Russ goes for 50 one night, you go for 60 the next night? How about it just be both of y’all’s team.

And the thing is is that, at the time, KD was already probably a two-time All-Star, the No. 1 draft pick while Russ, when I first got there was still kind of putting his name out there. And then all of a sudden, Russ caught up to KD, and they both was kind of on the same level as far as just being the elite icons of the league.

And I just think that they will have some type of regrets in the next 10 years or when they’re done about that they couldn’t handle it better when they was still together.

Not saying there was beef. I was talking about on the court.

It’s cool that KD – you’re a man, you decide the decision that you want to make. But at the end of the day, there’s a way about how you go about it. And you don’t send Russ a text and say, ‘Hey, I’m going to the Warriors.’

No, you do like LeBron James did when he left Miami. He went down and he sat and had diner with Chris Bosh and Dwyane Wade to tell the that he was leaving, that he was going to sign with Cleveland. That’s what you do. That’s what you do. That carries a long way. It don’t take you nothing to call Nick Collison and Russell Westbrook and go and sit down and have a conversation with them and say, “Guys, hey look, it’s been fun. I still love y’all like my brothers. But I’m going to Golden State.”

I think it’s more of his personality that it would have been hard for him actually look Russ and Nick in the eyes. Because if he would have sat down at a lunch table, I think it would have been the same thing that happened with DeAndre Jordan  It’s easier to text and be done with it than actually sit down face-to-face and actually look your friend and your brother in the eyes that you done went to war with for six years. It’s a lot harder, and it make your decision a lot harder.

I obviously didn’t have the access to Durant and Westbrook like Perkins did. But if Durant fully respected Westbrook in all the ways Perkins said was lacking, how different would that have looked?

On the court, Durant often ceded control to Westbrook, allowing Westbrook to grow into a superstar peer. Maybe Durant deferred begrudgingly, but he did it – maybe even too much earlier in their time together.

And it’s not as if going to Golden State proved Durant undervalued Westbrook. Durant left to play with Stephen Curry, Draymond Green and Klay Thompson. This wasn’t a case like Stephon Marbury, who forced himself off the Kevin Garnett-led Timberwolves to play with Keith Van Horn and Kerry Kittles in New Jersey.

Yes, Durant could’ve shown Westbrook more respect by telling him in person about leaving. But, as Perkins acknowledged, that would’ve been difficult for Durant. Durant earned the ability to operate free agency how deemed best, and if he didn’t want to be temped into going back to Oklahoma City, he deserves the respect to handle it that way.

I tend to think Durant and Westbrook will look back on their years together with some remorse. Durant might even eventually wish his attitude about Westbrook was different.

I’m just not sure what that would’ve actually changed.

51Q: How quickly will the Lakers’ young core progress?

Los Angeles Lakers' D'Angelo Russell, left, poses with with Jordan Clarkson (6) during the team's NBA basketball media day in El Segundo, Calif., Monday, Sept. 26, 2016. (AP Photo/Nick Ut)
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We continue PBT’s 2016-17 NBA preview series, 51 Questions. For the past few weeks, and through the start of the NBA season, we tackle 51 questions we cannot wait to see answered during the upcoming NBA season. We will delve into one almost every day between now and the start of the season.

D'Angelo Russell, Jordan Clarkson and Julius Randle placed somewhere between promising and good for their ages last season.

None of that is to say plain “good.”

When Russell, Clarkson and Randle shared the court, the Lakers scored fewer points per possession than the NBA’s worst offense and allowed more points per possession than the league’s worst defense. In all, those units got outscored by a dreadful 16.0 points per 100 possessions. A teenage Brandon Ingram, the draft’s No. 2 pick, is unlikely to swing fortunes quickly.

Ingram (19), Russell (20), Randle (21) and Clarkson (24) carry significant value, but little of it is tied to their ability to produce right now. When will that change?

It’s important to acknowledge reality of the present before setting expectations for the future.

Here’s how each core piece ranked in ESPN’s Real Plus-Minus last season:

  • Russell: 69th among 82 point guards
  • Clarkson: 119th among 175 guards
  • Randle: 90th among 93 power forwards

Russell ranked in just the 36th percentile in points per possession when finishing a play as pick-and-roll ball-handler. With Russell guarding, his man shot 47%.

Clarkson’s man shot even better, 48%. Not limited to defense, Clarkson has yet to turn any skill in his all-around game into a major asset.

For all the hype about his ball-handling and passing, Randle turned the ball over more than he assisted baskets last season. He also blocked fewer shots than Jeremy Lamb, a shooting guard who played more than 1,000 fewer minutes.

Ingram is a skinny teenager. Like most rookies, he’ll face growing pains as he jumps to the NBA.

These players have a long way to go – and that’s fine. Time is on their side.

The Thunder once went 23-59 with Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook. LeBron James missed the playoffs his first two seasons. Even Michael Jordan spent his first three years on losing teams.

Simply, young teams rarely win in the NBA. At least a modicum of experience is crucial.

But don’t assume these young Lakers are destined for success.

At one point, Charlotte thought it had something with Emeka Okafor (No. 2 pick, Rookie of the Year in 2005), Raymond Felton (No. 5 pick, All-Rookie second team in 2006) and Adam Morrison (No. 3 pick, All-Rookie second team in 2007).

Drafting highly touted players who produce immediately doesn’t guarantee long-term success.

If the Lakers look at the bigger picture, they’ll monitor their young core’s development and proceed as they gain more information. They won’t overreact to the most likely outcome: another losing season.

It could be another year or two or even three until Russell, Clarkson, Ingram and Randle ascend into playoff contention. As long as they show progress, that’s OK. Those four should be graded on a curve for their age.

The Lakers might be in a good place if they don’t get in their own way. But with a fan base accustomed to championship contention and a front office on a self-imposed deadline to advance in the playoffs, do you trust he Lakers to remain patient?

DeMarre Carroll considers this his first season with Raptors

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BURNABY, British Columbia (AP) — DeMarre Carroll is ready to start over.

A prized free-agent acquisition for the Toronto Raptors last year, Carroll played only 26 regular-season games because of a right knee injury that had to be surgically repaired in January.

The small forward worked hard to rejoin the club in time for Toronto’s run to the NBA’s Eastern Conference finals, but wasn’t the same player the Raptors signed to be difference-maker from the Atlanta Hawks.

And while not yet 100 percent after a month of rest followed by a strenuous summer of rehabilitation, Carroll is looking forward to hitting the reset button.

“I look at it as basically my first season (with Toronto),” the 30-year-old Carroll said as the Raptors opened training camp this week. “A new season, a new beginning. I’ve just got to come in and get back to playing DeMarre Carroll basketball when I’m healthy.”

Apart from locking up DeMar DeRozan to a long-term contract and bringing in Jared Sullinger, the Raptors had a relatively quiet break.

However, finally having a healthy Carroll would be a major bonus for a club looking to take the next step.

“A big difference,” DeRozan said. “It was tough for us last year to figure out ways to play without him. Even when he was playing early on he was hurt (and) even when came back he wasn’t his full self and we still managed to make history.

“To have him back at the start of camp, start of preseason, to be able to implement him fully is going to give us everything that we’ve been searching for.”

The 6-foot-8, 215-pound Carroll only returned to the court for live action last week, and said his offseason regimen included making sure all the proper steps were taken to ensure his knee is ready for the season.

“We took a hard approach about it and we did it the right way,” said Carroll, who took a month off after the playoffs in hopes of reducing the swelling. “Last season it was more of a rush, trying to get me back. We didn’t go through the whole thing we needed to go through to get the knee to where it needs to be. I feel that we’re on the right track.”

Carroll, who averaged 11.4 points and 4.7 rebounds last season, came through the first two days of camp unscathed for the Raptors, who open their exhibition schedule on Saturday at Vancouver’s Rogers Arena against the Golden State Warriors.

“(The team) has talked about bringing me along slowly, not trying to kill myself in pre-season,” Carroll said. “Just be ready and healthy for the first game of the season.”

Raptors coach Dwane Casey said Carroll’s presence on the floor, including his ability to hit from three, helps create openings on a team that is thin at small forward.

“Really gives us the spacing that we need with Kyle (Lowry) and DeMar handling the ball, attacking of the dribble,” Casey said. “That’s what we need from him, his spacing and his defensive presence. He did a great job accepting that role last year. He takes us from a good team to a pretty good team when he does that.”

For his part, Carroll said the mental side of the injury was tough, but something he forced himself to push through.

“You’ve got to stay strong, especially in this league. Nobody’s going to feel sorry for you,” he said. “It can be draining to keep on going through the same thing, having the same setbacks. But I’m happy right now because I haven’t had any setbacks. I’ve just got to look at the positives and keep trying to work towards the future.”