Vince Carter in the Alamo City?
Nets GM Kiki Vandeweghe recently hinted that trade talks involving Vince Carter and the Spurs were false. "There's nothing going on with Vince Carter," Vandeweghe said in an email. But as a Spurs fan I couldn't resist imagining VC running around in a Spurs uniform.
A lot of scenarios have been rumored, many in which the Spurs would give up Roger Mason and/or Bruce Bowen. Bowen's minutes are on the decline so replacing him wouldn't be impossible, but they'd be losing a great guy and great defender. Mason on the other hand has been playing great this year and his really fit in perfectly in his role. So giving him up would be hard.
Vince plays shooting guard, the same position as Spurs super-sub Manu Ginobili. Putting Vince at small forward is an option, and a lineup with Parker, Ginobili, Duncan, Bonner, and Carter sounds dangerous. If the Spurs had that five out on the court at the same time they would be a hard team to beat.
Yet somehow I just couldn't see this working. I really don't see a lot of upside in picking up another guard, a position they haven't had trouble with. If they decide to keep Vince at guard it will be hard to see him and Ginobili sharing minutes, while keeping Vince happy. It's certainly an interesting idea, but I think the Spurs would be better off pursuing a guy like Brad Miller, or a any solid big to play behind Tim.
And as for the Nets, they're not winning a championship anytime soon so they should try to make a move if this one falls through. They are also talking with the Mavs and could get Howard, so even if Vince doesn't suit up for San Antonio he could be heading west.
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