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Report: Vince Carter headed to Dallas Mavericks

Dec 9, 2011, 9:34 PM EST

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As expected, early on Friday the Phoenix Suns made it official and bought out Vince Carter’s contract. He was owed $18 million and he’s just not that guy anymore. So they bought him out for $4 million and Carter became a free agent.

The only question was where would he land.

How about Dallas?

That is what Marc Stein of ESPN reports.

The Dallas Mavericks are closing in on reuniting Vince Carter with his former New Jersey teammate Jason Kidd, according to sources with knowledge of the deal. The full financial terms of the agreement weren’t immediately known, but sources said Dallas was discussing a multiyear contract with Carter and hoped to have him signed by Saturday.

Carter is a good fit for the Mavericks, another veteran who can come in off the bench and give them quality minutes, hit some threes and fit in. Last season he gave the Suns 13.5 points per game and shot 36.6 percent from three. He’s no longer VC circa 2005, but he’s a solid veteran.

David Aldridge of NBA.com phrased it well, saying he would be the new DeShawn Stevenson for the Mavericks. Just with fewer tattoos.

Expect Carter to ink a deal with the Mavs in the next few days.

  1. passerby23 - Dec 9, 2011 at 9:49 PM

    Pretty good, low-risk signing for Dallas. I think the loss of Chandler is going to hurt and there’s still the Barea situation, but maybe Cuban has a few tricks up his sleeve. Not a lot of quality bigs left out there.

  2. leearmon - Dec 9, 2011 at 10:13 PM

    I’d actually rather have Deshawn Stevenson than Vince. At least Deshawn is funny and can play defense. Vince ehhh .. well at least he’s always good for a nice overselling of a minor injury 10-20 times a season, so thats kind of fun.

  3. drobe86 - Dec 9, 2011 at 10:27 PM

    Decent signing… I believe at this stage him and Caron are near equal… I doubt Stevenson ever plays at the level he did last year…. Carlisle gets the most out of vets… Very intriguing move

    • cubalakeshow - Dec 9, 2011 at 11:32 PM

      My lamp in my living room has taken more charges this year than Carter has probably in his entire career the mans 34 and Caron is 31. With Caron and Stevenson you can actually throw them at the best offensive player on any given night and they won’t do a terrible job can’t say the same for Carter this move makes no sense to me. First no Chandler and now they add Carter….did they not like winning a championship??? I think they should just sign David Stern to play for them that way at least he can veto a few points here and there.

  4. watermelon1 - Dec 10, 2011 at 5:58 AM

    Are you seriously comparing Stevenson to Carter? Stevenson can play great defense, always has, and still can. Has
    Vince Carter EVER played defense? Even when he was young and healthy?

    This makes about as much sense as the Magic trading Brandon Bass to get Glen Davis.

    And with all that said, is Stevenson still in the Mavericks roster? Or is he definitely gone?

  5. cowhawkfan - Dec 10, 2011 at 4:38 PM

    As a Mavs fan I ahave to agree with Cubalakeshow. I don’t get this move. Billups would be a better fit. Of course, I’d live to get Howard. Other than those, two, there is no one else of significant out there. Chandler will be missed big time. There is no way Haywood steps in and plays Chandler’s role. Mavs may not make the play-off this year if this is the best they can do.

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