Raptors Interested In Pursuing Vince Carter

Raptors Interested In Pursuing Vince Carter

Postby Kobe8Fan on Thu Apr 18, 2013 11:15 pm

Mark Cuban Hopes Vince Carter Remains With Mavericks

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By Eddie Sefko / Reporter
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While Mark Cuban has been supremely disappointed in himself and his team about this lottery-bound season, his mood changes radically when the subject of Vince Carter comes up.

“I feel bad for Vince,” he said. “Vince is a warrior. All these things I’ve heard in the past about him being soft and not playing hard, (that’s bull). That dude comes out to deliver every night.

“I feel worse for Vince than I do for Dirk (Nowitzki). Vince hasn’t been there and he’s had two great seasons for us. And he’s just a first-class guy who busts his (tail) every game. You never look at Vince and say he’s taking a play off. I’m proud that he’s on the Mavericks. The guy lays it out every time. I can’t put it any other way. He’s one of those guys I want to retire here.”

Does that mean Carter will be with the Mavericks beyond next season, when his contract expires?

“I hope so,” Cuban said. “The current trend is, as guys get older, they lose a little weight and I think Vince is athletic enough and smart enough and genetically gifted enough that if he goes on that same Steve Nash, Dirk, Tim Duncan path, where you lose a little bit of weight every year and keep your spring, he’s a genetic freak.

“He can play for more than a year, easily. He’ll be cranking those motorcycle handles for a while.”


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Vince Carter Wants To Re-Sign With Mavericks

Postby Kobe8Fan on Sun May 11, 2014 6:32 pm

Vince Carter Wants To Re-Sign With Mavericks

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EDDIE SEFKO
Staff Writer
esefko@dallasnews.com

Vince Carter has had an up-close view of the Mavericks’ fall from grace.

It’s not easy when you join a team the season after a championship run, especially when you are transitioning into a new role as a support player rather than a featured performer.

In three seasons with the Mavericks, Carter has seen them go from defending champions to barely making the playoffs to missing them entirely.

Neither he nor anybody else knows if this season will produce a return to the postseason. But Carter does know two things.

This team is better than last year’s. And he desperately wants to hang around to see this rebuilding project through to the end.

Or at least next season.

“I think I’ve earned the right to stick around,” Carter said.

The 6-6 future Hall of Famer will be a free agent after this season. Carter’s three-year contract he signed before the 2011-12 season has been a huge bargain, as the Mavericks paid him only about $9.3 million for those years of work.

He hopes it is a no-brainer that he re-signs with the Mavericks.

“My fingers are crossed,” he said. “Next year might be even better. We can attract some more people, more talent. Now I know my role, and I know the system, it’s second nature to me now. I know the city very well. I’m stepping out, going to SMU games and getting out and about. I’m very comfortable here.

“I like the guys. I like the nucleus we have here. With my role and the way I play and the way I go about things, it really helps guys here. And they like that. Hopefully, that’s enough so that they can still have trust in me enough to play significant minutes and help the other guys out.”

It’s hard to say the 37-year-old Carter has put together one of the best seasons of his career if you base it solely on numbers. If you factor in personal satisfaction, however, it may be the best year he’s ever had.

Carter probably won’t win the NBA’s sixth man of the year award, but he’s deserving of consideration. He’s the true definition of the role. He plays about half the game, averages a point every two minutes played, can still levitate like it’s 1999 and has a burning desire to see this team continue to get better.

And that includes seeing what happens next. But Carter is wise enough to know that things may not work out.

“The business side, it happens,” he said. “And maybe they need the money. But I’m hoping we’re talking right here at this time next year.”

Carter’s play as this season has gone along has made it clear he’s not finished as a player. While he enjoys the mentoring role — you can see him on the sideline offering his experience to younger players during games — he’s still a gamer.

And he likes being the sixth man on a good team.

“In the beginning, that first year, it was learning how to go about it,” he said. “It’s still having the starter’s mentality, be aggressive, make plays, but within the confines of the offense. And understanding my role.

“That’s the biggest thing for all players, particularly for guys coming from a starting position into a backup role, is accepting the new position. Once I understood it, everything is easier.”

Carter’s season has been very solid, especially when you consider the awful first month he had. Since Dec. 1, he’s shot 42.5 percent overall and 41.1 percent from 3-point range. He’s averaging 12.1 points, but just a shade below 14 in March.

He’s coming off a season-high-tying 23 points against the Los Angeles Clippers.

“This is what makes players, the last 10, 15 games of the season,” Carter said. “We’re fighting to make the playoffs, and we’re all trying to do everything we can.


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Re: Raptors Interested In Pursuing Vince Carter

Postby Kobe8Fan on Sun May 11, 2014 6:51 pm

Raptors Interested In Pursuing Vince Carter

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The Toronto Raptors are internally considering pursuing Vince Carter in free agency.

Carter wants to re-sign with the Dallas Mavericks by all accounts after finishing his three-year, $9 million deal.

Carter was traded by the Raptors to the then-New Jersey Nets in 2004.


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