The problem Raptors' fans might face this season is that Toronto could regress. As for Stephenson, he will likely split time at shooting guard and small forward.
I think that Cory Joseph would be the starter since he fits Indiana's rebuilding timeline better than Darren Collison. Offering three-year deals to the both of them is a bet on a good future - without going broke if it fails. The Toronto Raptors and Brooklyn Nets are no exception. He has two years, $29.8 million left on the deal, and he hasn't come close to living up to the "3&D" promise that got him the contract in the first place (in part due to knee injuries). Dumping the overpaid Carroll was a huge positive, as the Raptors were approaching the luxury tax. There will be no playoffs but it will be exciting to see the new core of players the Nets will display on Atlantic Ave in 2017. If the Raptors do not make a run towards the conference finals next season then Carroll might have been on to something. The question now is why would the Nets agree to a deal.
As for the Raptors, they were in obvious need of wing depth after losing DeMarre Carroll and P.J. Tucker, so landing a capable player in Miles for practically a third of the price of shooting guard Tim Hardaway Jr.
Simply put, Brooklyn took advantage of a less-than-stellar Raptors cap situation and bamboozled the team into giving up two high-value draft picks.
This was a great deal as the Nets have the cap space to swallow his deal and still hope that he can provide outside scoring for a team that desperately needs it. Joseph only had one year remaining on his contract and was expected to opt-out in a year. The Wizards kept their promise by matching the Nets' proposal. The risks they have taken to sign young, up and coming players are admirable.
It enables the Nets to add a first rounder in a draft they yielded their original selection to Boston in the infamous Paul Pierce-Kevin Garnett trade years back.
In DeMarre Carroll they just might find one.
DeMarre Carroll could have a similar impact for the Nets as Otto Porter would have.
The Raptors gain some financial flexibility while also parting with a player who was falling out of the rotation.
Carroll has career averages of 8.1 points and 3.8 rebounds over eight National Basketball Association seasons. He will not be considered as the first option on offense. With intriguing former 20th overall selection Delon Wright looking increasingly capable of stepping into Joseph's role and sophomore Fred VanVleet also on the roster behind Kyle Lowry, a Joseph move had always been speculated.