Beyond The Mic: Hornets Acquire Guard Matt Carroll In Trade, What’s He Got Left?
The New Orleans Hornets have acquired 6-foot-6 shooting guard Matt Carroll from the Charlotte Bobcats in a trade. To acquire Carroll's services, the Hornets sent veteran power forward Hakim Warrick to Charlotte. Warrick only played in one game for the Hornets, scoring 4 points in a loss.
Carroll, a nine-year veteran, had fallen out of Charlotte's rotation. The 32-year old has been a solid outside shooter in the past, but struggled mightily last year from beyond the arc (8 of 43). He has one-year left on his contract, making $3.5 million. At this point in his career, Carroll lacks the mobility needed to play adequate defense.
Perhaps Warrick requested a trade since he couldn't break into the Hornets lineup. I question how much value Carroll can really bring to the Hornets. This will likely be the final season of Carroll's career. He's a shell of the player he was in his prime, and with his shot not falling, he's too slow to make a significant impact on either side of the floor.