Brooklyn Nets: DeMarre Carroll a big piece in playoff push

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Brooklyn Nets, DeMarre Carroll

NEW YORK, NY – MARCH 25: DeMarre Carroll #9 of the Brooklyn Nets works against Tristan Thompson #13 of the Cleveland Cavaliers in the first quarter during their game at Barclays Center on March 25, 2018 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Abbie Parr/Getty Images)

The Brooklyn Nets have not made the playoffs since 2015 and have their eyes on ending the three-year drought. A big factor in the Nets 2019 playoff push will be DeMarre Carroll.

DeMarre Carroll will be entering his second season with the Nets. He was acquired via trade with the Toronto Raptors in July 2017.

Many considered Carroll a salary dump by Toronto, but the 6-foot-8 forward proved them wrong. He had a career season, averaging 29.9 minutes, 13.5 points, 6.6 rebounds and 2.2 assists per game.

Heading into the offseason, rumors started to swirl regarding Carroll and a possible trade. Instead, Nets general manager Sean Marks decided to trade Jeremy Lin to the Atlanta Hawks to free up $12.5 million in cap space.

Without moving Lin, the Nets would have not been able to make the Nuggets deal to get Kenneth Faried or the trade with the Suns that brought in Jared Dudley.

With two months until the Nets open their 2018-19 season on Oct. 17 against the Detroit Pistons, Carroll is expected to be one of Brooklyn’s key players next season.

With Brooklyn having their eyes on a playoff berth next season, DeMarre Carroll will play a huge role in the pursuit of that goal. Here are four reasons why Carroll has a big role in Brooklyn’s playoff chase.

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