Carter, Nets closing in on new deal
Posted: Tuesday June 26, 2007 9:10PM; Updated: Tuesday June 26, 2007 9:10PM
NEW YORK -- The New Jersey Nets are close to agreeing to terms with Vince Carter on a long term contract Carter would sign shortly after he opts out of his contract on Sunday, a league source tells SI.com.
The 6-7 Carter, a seven-time All-Star with Toronto and New Jersey, will walk away from the $16.3 million he was scheduled to make in the final season of a six-year, $94-million contract he signed with the Raptors in 2001. In return, Carter will reportedly sign a new four-year deal worth between $60 and $65 million sometime next week. The proposed new deal will keep Carter under contract through the 2010-2011 season, when he will be 34 years old.
The re-signing of Carter presents the Nets with an interesting dilemma. League sources say Richard Jefferson has gone back and forth on his desire to remain a Net long-term with the 27-year old small forward's desire to play an expanded role offensively being the major sticking point. Carter, however, shares many of the same skills as Jefferson.
Should the Nets elect to put Jefferson on the market, Portland would seem to be a natural trading partner. The Trail Blazers are dangling Zach Randolph and the Nets, who have struggled to find a replacement for Kenyon Martin at power forward, could benefit from Randolph's interior scoring (23.6 points per game) and rebounding (10.1) while hoping that being in the same locker room as Jason Kidd will resolve any of Randolph's character issues.
Nets president Rod Thorn reportedly said the Nets have had "no conversations" with Portland about Jefferson.