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Report: Dallas Mavericks getting closer to deal to retain Vince Carter

Jul 7, 2014, 9:15 AM EDT

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Dallas has always been the clear front runner to retain Vince Carter.

While Miami reportedly expressed some interest (Toronto, Oklahoma City and Portland also reportedly had reached out as well) Carter was happy in his sixth man role for the Mavericks last season, and they were happy to have him. Especially against the Spurs in the playoffs.

While Dallas waits for word on Carmelo Anthony (not likely coming) and to see if LeBron James opens the door fully to free agency, they have continued to go after Carter — and they are getting somewhere, reports Tim MacMahon of ESPN Dallas.

Carter averaged 11.9 points, 3.5 rebounds and 2.6 assists for Dallas last season, and did all that fairly efficiently at age 37. The athleticism that made him must watch in his youth only shows in flashes now but he has evolved his game into a reliable, steady scorer and a smart, veteran player.

One it appears headed back to Dallas for another season.

  1. elcapitanfiscal - Jul 7, 2014 at 9:20 AM

    I hope Cubes goes after Rondo even though I dont know how we could work a deal out…

  2. saint1997 - Jul 7, 2014 at 9:30 AM

    VC has developed into such a solid veteran presence for a team, major respect. This Mavs team, granted it was the first series but still, they took the Spurs to more games than any other team! Add Deng to put next to Ellis, Dirk and Tyson and this squad looks good to go again!

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