When will DeMarre Carroll return? Earlier, the Toronto Raptors management thinks the player can only stage a come back if the team makes a deep playoff run. Later, according to sources, the franchise is considering the idea of shutting down Carroll for this season.
The Toronto Raptors forward underwent a knee surgery on January 6. Carroll was close to returning few weeks ago. Carroll was in Atlanta at that time for personal matters, as reported by the Real GM.
The Raptors front-office feel that Carroll requires more time and only his side’s progress in the later rounds of the playoffs ensures his return this NBA season. It appears that he has sustained a setback after recovering to a certain extent, which has reduced his chances of returning this season.
The Toronto Raptors are closing in on a franchise record 50 regular season wins this season. They have also developed a rhythm going into the playoffs. They need to decide now whether they will shut down the injured forward for this season or not. The idea of Carroll returning and hitting a purple patch is “both folly and wishful thinking”, according to Doug Smith of the Toronto Sun.
The player hasn’t appeared for Toronto since January 3. His knee injury required a surgery. Earlier, Ryan Wolstat of the Toronto Suns reported that Carroll’s return this season “is very much in doubt.”
The 29-year-old signed a four-year, $58 million contract last off-season. The swingman has averaged 11.7 points and 4.8 rebounds per game before his injury, according to the Sports Illustrated. The Raptors are in the second place in the Eastern Conference since Tuesday having won three games less than the toppers Cleveland Cavaliers.