Vince Carter is considering arthroscopic knee surgery which would sideline him for a month, less than 48 hours after being traded to Phoenix. The Arizona Republic reports:
The stellar play of Grant Hill, Jared Dudley and Josh Childress is all the more important with the Suns and Carter considering arthroscopic surgery for Carter's troublesome left knee that could put him out for up to a month.via Phoenix Suns once again short-handed in 118-110 loss to streaking San Antonio Spurs.
This probably won't help the prevailing winds that say Carter tends to flop out when needed with injuries. The surgery obviously isn't 100% necessary as he's only considering the surgery. The Suns need him for wing scoring, no matter how they did against the Spurs last night. But hey, that's Vince.
On the other hand, Carter's in a contract year, looking for his final contract next season, and needs to be able to secure his future. He's going from a contending team to a struggling team that doesn't know if it's coming or going, and there's no way of knowing how he'll fit in. But there's still no doubt that there are better ways to start off your time in Phoenix than on the shelf. It would explain why Carter's looking slower and less explosive than in year's past, beyond the normal loss due to time and age.
Expect the Suns to respond to the news if Carter does decide to have surgery to be "We're not trading Steve Nash."