NBA Free Agents 2011: Vince Carter's Last Stand Will Be with 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.
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.
Was this a good signing by the Mavericks?
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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