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Orlando Magic Get Carter from Nets for Lee and Expiring Contracts

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - MARCH 27:  Vince Carter #15 of the New Jersey Nets drives against the Los Angeles Lakers during the game on March 27, 2009 at the Izod Center in East Rutherford, New Jersey. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Chris McGrath/Getty Images)
Jason ColdironCorrespondent IJune 25, 2009

Draft day started early with the Nets trading Vince Carter and Ryan Anderson (a first-round pick of a year ago) to the Magic for Courtney Lee, Rafer Alston and Tony Battie.

 

The Magic add another high-flying scorer to their wing rotation. A lineup of Lewis, Turkoglu and Carter could create matchup problems all over the place for opposing defenses.

 

In the process, they also solve the Jameer Nelson vs. Alston dilemma by sending Alston out of town.

 

Battie is replaced by Anderson, who is younger, a better shooter, and basically a better player anyway.

 

The Magic do, however, take on much more salary with Carter's contract. This makes re-signing Turkoglu and Marcin Gortat much more problematic.

 

For the Nets, the motivation is simple. In Alston and Battie, they receive $16.5 million in expiring contracts. In addition, replacing Carter with the up-and-comer Lee works very well for a team trying to get younger.

 

The Magic are taking quite a gamble with this trade by taking on Carter. On the other hand, it could be the move that puts them over the top, and is also a quick response to the Cavs adding Shaquille O'Neal.

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