Five days after initially agreeing to a deal with free agent forward DeMarre Carroll, the San Antonio Spurs have decided to lengthen his reported contract.
However, Adrian Wojnarowski reported today that the Spurs and Carroll’s agent Mark Bartelstein have agreed to a new three-year deal worth $21 million.
Not only was Bartelstein able to add a year onto the contract of an aging veteran in his mid-30’s, the average annual salary will also get a slight bump in this new framework of the contract.
Spurs fans have to be a little confused why the front office would make this sort of deal.
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According to ESPN insider Bobby Marks, reworking the deal allows the Spurs to preserve their mid-level exception for this year.
Unfortunately, there aren’t many players left on the market to use that mid-level exception on, but San Antonio has to have something up their sleeve to justify giving Carroll another year and more money on his contract.
Marcus Morris is really the only free agent I could see being worthy of the mid-level exception, which is worth $9.3 million.
Morris would be a solid fit on just about any team, and he would add even more wing depth to a team that struggled with that aspect of their roster for most of last season.
It’s possible that this reworked deal makes it easier for San Antonio to make some sort of trade, but we don’t know who they would target and what they would be sending away if that is the case.
Even though his contract is more player-friendly than we initially thought, Carroll should still be a good fit on a Spurs team that was lacking wing depth last year. But I would’ve liked the addition much better if it remained the two-year, $13 million deal that was reported about a week ago.
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We’ll see if the Spurs are able to do anything with their newly-recovered mid-level exception. That will determine whether reworking Carroll’s contract was a smart move for the organization.