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Vince Carter waived by the Suns

Posted on: December 4, 2011 6:28 pm
Edited on: December 9, 2011 3:52 pm
Posted by Royce Young

UPDATE: Carter was officially waived by Phoenix Friday


Add another veteran wing player to the free agent pile as reports that the Suns will waive Vince Carter.

The Suns aren't using the new amnesty clause to pull the plug on Carter though. There is actually an amendment in Carter's contract that allows his current team to waive him within 72 hours before the start of free agency, otherwise his $18 million salary becomes fully guaranteed.

The Suns and Carter amended the contract in June to delay the guaranteed-salary date in Carter's final contract year until after the lockout ended. Waiving Carter inside the first 72 hours after the league's schedule start of free agency Friday means that Phoenix would only have to pay $4 million to Carter and likely ensure that the Suns avoid luxury-tax territory this season even after trying to complete the re-signing of Grant Hill and moves with other potential free agents.

The Suns' plan, sources said, is to bring back Hill if possible and make a playoff run this season, then proceed to the summer of 2012 armed with salary-cap space to make major upgrades to the roster.

(This isn't exactly new news though. Back in June there were reports the Suns would buy out Carter but then that whole lockout thing happened.)

If you're like me, you just saw "$18 million" and couldn't believe why anyone wouldn't waive Carter before paying that. Also: Free Agency begins Dec. 9, so the Suns are getting this in with plenty of time.

But if the Suns are planning on keeping Hill and making a run, it seems that they are of the mind that Steve Nash would like to see his time through with the franchise. There have been rumblings that Nash would want a trade to contender, but that doesn't seem to be the case, yet.

So who could be after Carter? According to the report, the Bulls, Spurs and of course the Heat, who seem to be after every decent veteran available, will have interest in Carter. All those teams seem to be a quality fit for Carter and while he's not anywhere near the scorer he once was, he can still shoot from 3-point range and has a good 20-point night in his legs every now and then.

He's not worth $18 million, but he definitely could be a veteran gem for someone in the next couple weeks.

Since: Jul 29, 2011
Posted on: December 9, 2011 5:41 pm

Vince Carter waived by the Suns

I'd love to see him become a Celtic.  Doc can easily get him 20+ a game.  I'm not sure if the Celts have the money but he's getting
4M to leave Phoenix so maybe The Celts can get him at a mid level price?  I'm sure that The Bulls, Heat and other teams will have interest in Vince Carter based on his past performances in Toronto and being an ultimate team player. 

Since: Dec 5, 2011
Posted on: December 5, 2011 1:26 pm
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Since: Oct 11, 2006
Posted on: December 5, 2011 11:31 am

Report: Vince Carter to be waived by the Suns

would like to see Vince Carter in Charlotte, but it wont happen.

Since: Feb 5, 2009
Posted on: December 5, 2011 10:27 am

Report: Vince Carter to be waived by the Suns

What a complete waste of talent this guy has been.  He really has fallen off the early pace of his career.  It's kind of sad.  He and Tracy McGrady really are examples of the worst of today's basketball players - talented and rich but so stupid and not winners.

Since: Dec 20, 2009
Posted on: December 5, 2011 12:58 am

Report: Vince Carter to be waived by the Suns

He's a good waive.  Suns just don't seem to be adding anyone to help.  By signing Grant Hill and waiving Carter they will be content for the season.  LOL..   Truly pathetic.  All these big named Free Agents and Phx takes a nap.   I really hoped the NBA would lose the entire season.  Beginning to hate it. 

Since: Dec 10, 2006
Posted on: December 4, 2011 11:33 pm

Report: Vince Carter to be waived by the Suns

Carter in Toronto? No Way!!

Since: Oct 4, 2009
Posted on: December 4, 2011 10:35 pm

Report: Vince Carter to be waived by the Suns

he gave up on Toronto once and will never be given another chance

Since: Sep 30, 2008
Posted on: December 4, 2011 9:29 pm

Report: Vince Carter to be waived by the Suns

Vince should be waived he has sputtered

Since: Jan 8, 2011
Posted on: December 4, 2011 9:27 pm

Report: Vince Carter to be waived by the Suns

I would like to see him help the young players in Toronto

Since: Dec 10, 2006
Posted on: December 4, 2011 9:05 pm

Report: Vince Carter to be waived by the Suns

Steve Nash is a different breed than other NBA stars. While the other big names are all manipulating to play with their brothers from different mothers and trying to set it up so they don't have to work too hard to win, Nash quietly goes about his business playing as hard as his age and back will allow him to play. He picked the Suns and said it had a lot to do with quality of life.

He may stay or he may go but there is no drama, no selfishness. He just plays. Refreshing in the age of entitlement and no loyalty.

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