Despite their putrid last couple of seasons, both Missouri and LSU have strong basketball traditions. Both have been NCAA Tournament regulars at various points, and each will be looking to build back up to that level under new coaches Cuonzo Martin at Missouri, and Will Wade at LSU.
A reminder of who these programs used to be came in the form of a notable NBA trade late Saturday night, as reported by ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski. Former Missouri star DeMarre Carroll, formerly of the Toronto Raptors, was sent to the Brooklyn Nets along with a pair of draft picks. In exchange, the Raptors received Justin Hamilton, a 2012 All-SEC center for LSU.
Toronto has traded DeMarre Carroll, a future first-round and second-round pick to Brooklyn for Justin Hamilton, league sources tell ESPN.
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) July 9, 2017
After signing a lucrative four-year, $60 million deal with Toronto in 2015, Carroll has suffered through a handful of injuries that have hampered his production and made that exorbitant salary a burden for the competitive Raptors. At the time he signed the deal, Carroll was considered one of the better small forwards in basketball, but he simply has not been able to stay on the court enough to justify that contract.
While Carroll is the headliner in the deal, Hamilton is a decent NBA player in his own right. After being drafted 45th overall by the Philadelphia 76ers in 2012, Hamilton bounced around Europe and the NBA Development League before landing a series of short deals with the Charlotte Bobcats, Miami Heat, Minnesota Timberwolves, and, most recently, the Nets. In 2016-17, Hamilton played in a career-high 64 games, average 7 points and 4 rebounds for the Nets.