According to ESPN's Marc Stein, the Phoenix Suns will be looking to waive veteran forward Vince Carter 72 hours into the official opening of free agency.
Based on an amendment in his contract obtained by ESPN.com, Carter must be waived by the Phoenix Suns within 72 hours of the official start of free agency or his $18 million salary for the 2011-12 season becomes fully guaranteed.
The Suns, sources said, have already decided to waive Carter within that window.
One interesting detail left at the end of the report is that the San Antonio Spurs will be one of the teams looking at signing Carter.
Chicago, Miami and San Antonio are expected to be among the teams interested in signing Carter, 34, once he clears waivers and becomes an unrestricted free agent.
Last season, Carter averaged 14 points and four rebounds while appearing in 73 games for the Suns. He shot 36% from three point range while averaging 28 minutes per game.
Just from reading that stat line, it's good to know that Carter had somewhat of a productive season last year as he's been known in the past to miss plenty of games and play with "little" motivation at times.
The idea of using the amnesty clause on forward Richard Jefferson seems like it's getting closer day-by-day as Carter is now the fifth small forward mentioned by reports. The other names mentioned over the past week were Caron Butler, Josh Howard, Bostjan Nachbar, and Maurice Evans.
Carter fades when it matters. He has journeyed the league and never a champion. Why is it that the spurs go after oldies? Come on, there are young, tall. eager players out there. At 34, how much can he give? Why not try greg oden, carl landry, josh mcroberts, k. fesenko or earl clark? Carter can't attend to the interior' Besides, the spurs has plenty of sf.
@rtesoro440 they're not just old guys. they're veteran players with experience and know the game a lot more than the young guys. the Spurs go after veteran players, not oldies. and the fact that Carter averaged 14 points a game at his age shows that he can still give. who cares if he hasn't been a champion. there have been good players like Carter that go all over the league and they eventually win a ring (Jason Kidd is an example). yes, we need young guys, but you need veterans on the team too. and the Spurs won't have plenty of SFs if they get rid of RJ and either Da'Sean Butler or Danny Green.
Carter's technically a SG, but he can play the SF. i guess he would be an ok alternative if we couldn't get Butler, but i'd rather have Butler since he is 3 years younger than Carter. i think it's pretty clear to me that RJ is more than likely gone.
i kinda like the idea. we don't need a huge play making player (we have manu and tp for that). aside from a solid big man, we just need role players to contribute, and carter can pitch in some consistent points as he comes off the bench--but only if we get him at a generous price as his value has dropped lol