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Report: Phoenix Suns to buy out Vince Carter

Posted on: June 19, 2011 7:36 pm
Edited on: June 20, 2011 9:54 am
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The Phoenix Suns will reportedly buy out Vince Carter. Posted by Ben Golliver. vince-carter

Vince Carter got old.

This isn't a particularly complicated reality. The explosive wing leaper who took the NBA by storm a decade ago has entered that stage of his career where we all talk far more about his contract than his game. 

As a member of the Orlando Magic and Phoenix Suns in 2010-2011, Carter, 34, put up career-lows in every important category: 28.1 minutes per game, 14.0 points per game, 12.2 shots per game, 2.4 free throws per game, 3.8 rebounds per game and 2.0 assists per game.

That's the bad news. The worse news? Carter is on the books for $18.9 million in the 2011-2012 season.

But, wait, there's good news! That final year of his contract is only partially guaranteed. Rather than pay the aging wing scorer who is clearly in decline and was never much of a winner anyway, the Suns can simply buy out of his contract and be done with him.

The Arizona Republic reports that's exactly what the team plans to do.
They won't trade Vince Carter's contract, opting instead to buy him out for $4 million in the coming days.
This is about as obvious as offseason moves get. The Suns are coming to terms with the fact that the Steve Nash era is ending and it's time for a massive youth movement. That almost always requires a liquidation of big contracts, and Carter's is by far the biggest on their books. Trading his salary would likely require Phoenix to take back mismatched parts or long-term salary commitments that would wind up slowing down the rebuilding process. Better to just be done with him and move on.

What's in Carter's future?

Well, he's reached the "Shaquille O'Neal 30+ Vagabond" stage of his career where he will need to hope someone, hopefully a contender, takes a chance on him as a scorer off the bench.

Will he be able to command more than the veteran's minimum?

It's possible, but that could depend on what the new CBA looks like, as most of this year's contenders spent big to get there and won't be in the position to hand out additional contracts.

There's a spot in this league for Carter still, but it's certainly not at center stage. Retirement can't be too far down the road. 
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Category: NBA
Comments

Since: Nov 10, 2006
Posted on: July 14, 2011 2:09 am
 

Report: Phoenix Suns to buy out Vince Carter

same with the heat....



Since: Nov 10, 2006
Posted on: June 24, 2011 1:21 am
 

Report: Phoenix Suns to buy out Vince Carter

he doesn't fit in with the bulls, they need a shooting guard who can shoot....



Since: Sep 11, 2006
Posted on: June 20, 2011 8:28 pm
 

Report: Phoenix Suns to buy out Vince Carter

Report: Phoenix Suns to buy out Vince Carter

The Heat Will Sign Him!!!

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  Currently, there is a mid level exception, which most don't expect to survive the new collective bargaining agreement. So would Carter come to the Bulls for a minimum when he can make much more, though with a lesser team? The advantage the Bulls have is they can offer a starting job. Of course, Dallas likely could, as well, on a minimum deal. The Heat could not.  



Since: Sep 11, 2006
Posted on: June 20, 2011 8:22 pm
 

Report: Phoenix Suns to buy out Vince Carter

Report: Phoenix Suns to buy out Vince Carter

he'll end up on the Miami roster at some point.

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Is he the 42nd or 43rd player that will sign with the heat? LMFO
 



Since: Nov 10, 2006
Posted on: June 20, 2011 4:55 pm
 

Report: Phoenix Suns to buy out Vince Carter

Not really sure what all the little bit of fuss is about... when Phoenix made the deal with Orlando this was known and widely realized as the reason Phoenix completed the trade, it got rid of Hedo's and Jriches contracts, for carters whom they could just buy out... now the question is why did they trade for Aaron Brooks... they gave a first round pick away for him... and now what do they do with all of their cap space... and who is their new 2 guard???



Since: Nov 10, 2006
Posted on: June 20, 2011 12:49 pm
 

Report: Phoenix Suns to buy out Vince Carter

I'll take him on the Knicks for cheap.



Since: Sep 19, 2006
Posted on: June 20, 2011 12:49 pm
 

Report: Phoenix Suns to buy out Vince Carter

he'll end up on the Miami roster at some point.



Since: Nov 7, 2010
Posted on: June 20, 2011 2:27 am
 

Report: Phoenix Suns to buy out Vince Carter

Nba now..
trading contracts rather than talk about players..
teams should be smarter and think the last 2/3years of a 6 years contract what kind of player you have in your hands.. 

Joe Johnson(Boozer)..Rashard Lewis..Hamilton..Brand..the last 2 years of former Jermaine O'NEal contract...



Since: Jun 18, 2010
Posted on: June 20, 2011 1:57 am
 

Report: Phoenix Suns to buy out Vince Carter

No offense or anyhting but i completely forgot Vince Carter was still playing. I guess he disapeared as fast as his ability to score. I dont want this guy on the Bulls. He is clearly past his prime. I would rather have Keith Bogans than Vince. If i was him i would just retire and not try to do what Shaq did. All Vince would do is go to some contender and play 15 minutes of the bench and not do anything. Retire now Vince and save some dignity.




Since: Apr 15, 2008
Posted on: June 20, 2011 1:01 am
 

Report: Phoenix Suns to buy out Vince Carter

Yes, you do actually see this in other sports. MLB has no salary cap, so when a team is losing money hand over fist...they dump a contract on of the teams (The Yankees,Phillies,Red Sox) who spend freely...one man's trash is another man's treasure.They do it in the NHL as well.....I see your a Phillies fan..you have no worries about your team spending money to buy a title, let's see if you were a Pirates fan or Marlins fan you probably better understand the economics of sport...No reason for a re-building team to spend 17 million a season on one player.......The BlackHawks had to shed much of there roster to get in under the cap after they won there Stanley cup...so it does happen.


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