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NBA Free Agents 2011: Vince Carter's Last Stand Will Be with Dallas Mavericks

PHOENIX, AZ - FEBRUARY 17:  Vince Carter #25 of the Phoenix Suns reacts during the NBA game against the Dallas Mavericks at US Airways Center on February 17, 2011 in Phoenix, Arizona.  The Mavericks defeated the Suns 112-106.  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 Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
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Ryan RudnanskySenior Writer IDecember 12, 2011

Well, looks like Vince Carter will be joining his former partner-in-crime, Jason Kidd, with the Dallas Mavericks.

On Monday, Carter signed a three-year deal with the Mavericks for the "mini" mid-level exception of $3 million this season, per ESPN.

Carter, an eight-time All-Star, made his name with the Toronto Raptors before joining forces with Kidd in New Jersey with the Nets.

During his five years with the team, Carter and the Nets made the playoffs three times, aided by their explosive guard duo.

Since then, both Carter and Kidd have inevitably slowed down. Carter is now 34 years old, while Kidd is 38 years old.

But Carter fits into the Mavericks' veteran-heavy roster, which helped them win the championship last season. He also joins former Los Angeles Lakers forward and reigning Sixth Man of the Year Lamar Odom, recently acquired by the Mavericks.

In that sense, Carter isn't going to be asked to play a lot of minutes, which should help keep his legs fresher for the playoffs.

I wouldn't expect to see Carter throwing down thunderous dunks off of alley oops from Kidd like the old days, but he's an experienced player who should be happy in Dallas.

The Mavericks are quietly building up their roster after the loss of center Tyson Chandler.

It's going to have to take multiple contributions on the roster for them to make up for losing one of the best defensive players in the league.

 

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