Tag:Vince Carter
Posted on: June 19, 2011 7:36 pm
Edited on: June 20, 2011 9:54 am
 

Report: Phoenix Suns to buy out Vince Carter

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. 
Category: NBA
Posted on: June 17, 2011 12:48 pm
Edited on: June 17, 2011 12:54 pm
 

Basketball players lead top 50 richest athletes

Posted by Royce Young

It's good to be a basketballer.

Sports Illustrated released its annual "Fortunate 50" list that compiles the top 50 earners in sports. And basketball players lead the way with 19 of the top 50. Baseball was second with 17, the NFL third with eight, NASCAR and golf tied for fourth with three.

LeBron James was the top basketball money-maker, coming in third overall with an estimated $44.5 million this past year. That included $30 million from endorsements alone. All that badwill created from The Decision didn't appear to hurt King James in the pocketbook. Maybe he can offer Dirk Nowitzki a couple milion to touch the trophy.

Kobe Bryant checked in sixth making $34.8 million total, Kevin Garnett was seventh making $32.8 milion total and Dwight Howard 10th making $28.6 million total. So if you count that up, four of the top 10 came from the NBA. Three came from the NFL, and two apiece from golf and baseball.

(One thing to note: The original 50 list doesn't include international athletes. Yao Ming made $35.6 million last year and would've ranked sixth, ahead of Kobe, but he's on a separate international list. Dirk and Pau Gasol both made around $21 million.)

The rest of the NBA list:

11. Dwyane Wade: $28.2 million
16. Amar'e Stoudemire: $24.5 million
21. Carmelo Anthony: $23.1 million
24. Tim Duncan: $22.3 million
27. Vince Carter: $20.5 million

29. Rashard Lewis: $20.3 million
31. Kevin Durant: $20.0 million
34. Michael Redd: $18.5 million
36. Gilbert Arenas: $17.9 million
37. Zach Randolph: $17.7 million

40. Kenyon Martin: $16.8 million
43. Joe Johnson: $16.5 million
45. Elton Brand: $16.5 million
49. Paul Pierce: $15.6 million
50. Chris Bosh: 15.5 million

Posted on: June 13, 2011 2:01 pm
Edited on: June 13, 2011 2:09 pm
 

Drew League player jumps over Pooh Jeter to dunk

Tim McGrath jumps over Pooh Jeter to dunk in a Drew League summer game. Posted by Ben Golliver.

Sure, this isn't quite Vince Carter over Frederic Weis, but there are similar elements.

The most important similarity? One basketball player jumps completely over another basketball player to cleanly finish a dunk.

Sure, this is just the Southern California Drew League and not the Olympics. And, yes, the player getting cleared is Sacramento Kings guard Pooh Jeter, who isn't a seven-footer by any means, as he's listed at 5'11".

But this dunk is still ridiculous, as Tim McGrath, a guard for Cal State Dominguez Hills, completely clears Jeter in transition to throw down a finish. No wonder he's nicknamed "Vanilla Sky" according to DimeMag.com. In case you're wondering, McGrath is listed at 6'5".

Jeter was a 27-year-old rookie for the Kings this in 2010-2011, averaging 4.1 points and 2.6 assists.  The Kings have a team option for him next season.

Here's the video via YouTube user HoopMixtape


Posted on: March 30, 2011 8:09 am
 

Shootaround 3.30.11: Cavs fans rejoice

Cleveland Cavaliers fans are treated to a great win, Lamar Odom connects with Lakers fans, a look at tonight's McDonald's All-American Game, Carlos Boozer goes pop and Jalen Rose's mug shot, plus a whole lot more. Posted by Ben Golliver. shootaround
  • Ken Berger of CBSSports.com has the latest from around the league in his post-ups.
  • RealGM has a nice primer on tonight's McDonald's All-American Game.
  • TMZ with more details of Jalen Rose's DUI arrest, including a mug shot. 
  • John Krolik of Cavs: The Blog gets to enjoy a recap for a change. "The Heat couldn’t focus, and the Cavs refused to believe that they were going to miss. Unbelievable. Great performance. Every court is just as wide as the next. The three-point line is in the same place. The lane is just as wide. The charge circles are painted the same. And yet there’s something about a special crowd that can change the outcome of a game. That’s what happened on Tuesday. A great win, and one the fans deserved."
Posted on: March 23, 2011 2:27 am
 

Lakers need three OTs to put away the pesky Suns

Posted by Royce Young



You want March Madness, have you some March Madness.

The Lakers and Suns played an instant classic Tuesday night with the game going to three extra frames before Los Angeles finally prevailed, 139-137. Here's how wild this one was: Eventually it took a Ron Artest takeover in the third overtime for this thing to go to bed.

It was the type of game where it appeared to be over multiple times, but because of the Suns' ability to knock down 3s and the Lakers having Kobe Bryant, neither team would lay down. Finally the Suns ran out of gas after Artest hit a tough jumper in the lane to put the Lakers up five with a minute to go. Channing Frye drained a 3 to get it back to two, but Kobe hit a runner with 14 seconds left to put L.A. back up four. The Suns wasted too much time before Vince Carter finally hit a layup with 1.2 seconds left and all the Lakers had to do was get the ball in.

But that's just how it ended. How we got there is the interesting part.

In regulation, Grant Hill hit a corner 3 to tie the game at 112-112. Kobe missed a decent look to win and Phoenix snared the rebound. With a chance to win at the buzzer and save us all an extra hour, Carter missed wide on a 3 at the horn. On to overtime.

The Lakers looked to have it locked up leading by three and after a missed trey, Steve Nash tracked down the rebound and kicked back to Frye who was fouled on a desperation 3 by Lamar Odom. Naturally Frye drained all three free throws and we were off to another five minutes.

Phoenix had its chance in the second OT. Nash made an absolutely unreal play passing the ball behind his back as he was falling of out bounds to Marcin Gortat who steamrolled down the lane, eventually kicking to a wide open Frye who drained a 3 to put the Suns up 130-128 with 50 seconds left. The Suns got a stop, but Nash was unable to convert. The Lakers ended up with Pau Gasol knocking down a pair of free throws to knot the game at 130-130 and send us to a third overtime.

The Suns scored first and the Lakers started the third OT frame 0-6 from the field before Kobe eventually drained a deep ball. But maybe the biggest play came right before it as Grant Hill, who had defended Kobe brilliantly, picked up back-to-back which happened to be his fifth and sixth. Kobe immediately dropped the 3 to put L.A. up 133-132. Artest came up with a steal and a surprising lefty dunk, then hit the jumper that basically sealed it.

It was, quite the game.

A lot was on the line for Phoenix who are battling for eighth in the West while the Lakers are still trying to lock up the No. 2 seed. The Suns obviously need every game they're in and this one was no exception. They're three games back of the Grizzlies right now and with time running low on this season, each game is at the highest importance. Shame is, this triple-overtime game may cost them two, as they play Wednesday night at home versus the Raptors. Obviously still winnable, but it'll be interesting to see how the old bodies of Nash and Hill respond to play for three-plus hours.

Some games just don't die. Especially when you have a team as resiliant and hungry as the Suns against a team as talented and smart as the Lakers. What's funny, is that the only reason we got to three overtimes is because the Lakers blew a 15-point lead in the second half. The Suns got hot from 3, the Laker offense went cold (specifically the second unit) and Phoenix executed and hung in there. It's a bummer for the Suns to put that much in only to lose, but it was quite the effort and truly a terrific game.

Some stats from this one:
  • Channing Frye played a game-high 57 minutes. He scored 32 points and had 14 rebounds.
  • Coming off the bench, Marcin Gortat played 53 minutes and had 24 points and 16 rebounds.
  • The Lakers took 120 shots. Phoenix attempted 106.
  • The upset of the night? Kobe played 48 minutes and three overtimes yet somehow still only took 31 shots. He scored 42 points though and had 12 rebounds and nine assists to go with it.
  • Steve Nash finished with 20 assists and 19 points.
  • Impressive stat:The Lakers and Suns combined for just 22 turnovers in a triple-overtime game. That's crazy.
  • Opposite of impressive: In a game that went to three OTs and was that close, Vince Carter was still somehow a -20.
  • Derek Fisher finished with just two points on 0-7 shooting in 46 minutes.
  • Robin Lopez, who started the game at center for Phoenix, played only 10 minutes.
  • This was only second-ever triple-OT game at home in Los Angeles Lakers history. Other one came in February 1969.
Posted on: January 17, 2011 6:28 pm
Edited on: January 17, 2011 6:34 pm
 

Blake Griffin's 47 points sets NBA season record

Los Angeles Clippers rookie forward Blake Griffin set an NBA season record with 47 points against the Indiana Pacers. Posted by Ben Golliver.

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Blake Griffin left the Los Angeles Lakers fighting mad on Sunday night, but on Monday the Los Angeles Clippers rookie forward rendered the Indiana Pacers utterly defenseless, pouring in an NBA season-high 47 points to go along with 14 rebounds, three assists and a block in 37 minutes.

Griffin shot an astonishing 19-24 from the field and got his buckets in every conceivable fashion, banking in jumpers, bulldozing his way into the paint, showing a soft touch on the glass, making nine of his 11 attempts from the charity stripe and just relentlessly punishing poor Jeff Foster and James Posey, who were powerless to stop his offensive assault.

No player has scored 47 or more points in an NBA regular season game since Vince Carter, then of the Orlando Magic, scored 48 points against the New Orleans Hornets on Feb. 8, 2010. Incredibly, it's the most points scored by a power forward or center dating back to Nov. 5, 2008, when Amar'e Stoudemire scored 49 points against the Indiana Pacers.

For Griffin, the performance will serve as the centerpiece for his All-Star candidacy which, honestly, shouldn't be in question. Griffin has increased his scoring, rebounding and assist numbers each month this season and is currently averaging an absurd 24.3 points, 14.5 rebounds and 4.2 assists in January. Check out this table of his monthly splits, courtesy of Basketball-Reference.com. (Note: numbers do not include Monday's performance.)

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Thanks largely to Griffin's increasing output, the Clippers as a whole are playing steadily better too, on pace to make January their first winning month of the season.
Posted on: January 12, 2011 9:54 am
Edited on: January 12, 2011 10:22 am
 

Shootaround 1.12.11: Anthony keeps denying

Is Avery the man? Did Amar'e tamper? Has Nash had enough? We ask these questions and more in today's Shootaround. 
Posted by Matt Moore
  • Is Avery Johnson the man for the job in New Jersey? One of the biggest concerns has to be the regression of Brook Lopez. Mono or no mono, Lopez has taken a huge step back under Johnson, and as he's the cornerstone of the franchise, that's a giant red flag. Johnson was a solid pick for a playoff team, but he's not shown he has the ability to develop a young roster like one the Nets have. 
  • Amar'e Stoudemire may have contacted Melo by text to try and clear him off  accepting the Nets' offer. If so that's at least dancing with tampering, and if it keeps up, the commissioner's office is going to step in, no matter, or perhaps due to how off-hands his office was with the Miami ordeal. 
  • Carmelo Anthony and Rip Hamilton teach you English. 
Posted on: January 4, 2011 10:15 am
 

Suns 'on the fence' about trading Steve Nash?

The struggling Phoenix Suns are weighing whether or not to rebuild, which could mean trading franchise point guard Steve Nashsteve-nash Posted by Ben Golliver.

Things are heading south more rapidly than expected in Phoenix, as the Suns have slipped out of the race for the Western Conference's final playoff spot, at least for the time being. 

While Suns management was smart to dump Hedo Turkoglu in a December trade that netted them a solid center, Marcin Gortat, it came at the expense of a valued locker room presence, Jason Richardson. The move almost immediately set off speculation about what it meant for aging franchise point guard Steve Nash, who was close to Richardson and who has reached the point in his career where he doesn't have time for a rebuilding effort. 

NBA Fanhouse reports that the Suns are weighing the benefits of trading Nash, who clearly still has significant value around the league and has a reasonable salary ($10.3 million this year, $11.6 million next year) that ends after the 2011-2012 season.
While the 14-18 Suns made it clear recently that their six-player trade with Orlando was not a precursor to moving Nash, the option is being considered and they are, according to the source, "on the fence" about which direction to go. The next month will be key in the decision-making process, as there is a mixture of belief and hope that the additions of Carter, Mickael Pietrus and Marcin Gortat can fortify the defense and help turn the season around in time for a playoff push.
The site also mentions the New York Knicks, with Nash's former head coach Mike D'Antoni and former pick-and-roll partner Amar'e Stoudemire, as one possible trade partner.
There's not much mystery when it comes to the sort of teams that are closely monitoring the Nash situation, as any competitive club without a Hall of Fame-caliber point guard would stand to improve significantly by bringing him aboard. And the New York Knicks, according to a source with knowledge of their thinking, are most certainly still among that group.
Of course, these rumors have come up before, and have been shot down repeatedly

What's different this time? Maybe nothing, but Phoenix is more desperate and directionless than it has been in years, so conversations about the future are totally understandable. 

Nash's popularity and box-office appeal make trading him difficult, and you'd expect that Phoenix would demand a premium in return for parting with their team's centerpiece. For that reason, it's difficult to see Nash being moved prior to the trade deadline, unless things totally fall apart in the desert.

For his part, Nash has expressed frustration throughout the early months of this season, but he's remained a loyal soldier, never requesting a trade or even floating a desire to head elsewhere. For that, he's a better man than many NBA players, but he may wind up paying for his loyalty with more frustration.
 
 
 
 
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