Going from star to role player, Vince Carter has done what so many stars before him have struggled to do.
The Dallas Mavericks’ sixth man is drawing attention around the league. Tim MacMahon of ESPN Dallas reports the Miami Heat, Oklahoma City Thunder and Toronto Raptors will all be in pursuit of Carter.
An earlier report surfaced that Carter is interested in playing for the Portland Trailblazers. Former Mavs’ assistant coach Terry Stotts is currently the head coach in Portland.
Interest in Carter doesn’t come as a surprise. He offers leadership, defense, playmaking, and has become a great three-point shooter.
Carter, 37, had another productive season in Dallas; he averaged 11.9 points, 3.5 rebounds, 2.6 assists, and shot 39.4% from three. He’ll also be remembered for his game 3 winner against the eventual champion San Antonio Spurs during their seven game first round series.
The Mavericks are still rumored to be the frontrunners for the man formally known as “Half Man Half Amazing.” Coach Rick Carlisle has constantly mentioned Carter as a future Hall of Famer and labeled him one of the Mavs’ Big-3 this season.
Carter, the 5th overall selection during the 1998 draft, has played for the Toronto Raptors, New Jersey Nets, Orlando Magic, and Phoenix Suns before spending the last three seasons in Dallas. He holds career averages of 20.2 points, 4.9 rebounds, and 3.7 assists.