Another Blockbuster: Magic Acquire Vince Carter

Vince CarterThe Orlando Magic have reached a deal with the New Jersey Nets to send Rafer Alston, Courtney Lee, and Tony Battie to New Jersey for Vince Carter and Ryan Anderson.

Vince is a proven scorer who had a shot to be one of the best players in the history of the game before suffering numerous injuries, and he’s my pick for best dunker ever. He replaces what Hedo Turkoglu gave them, a scorer who can run the pick and roll and take games over in the final minutes. Turkoglu is likely to leave town with the option to opt out of his contract, keep in mind his agent has already put out word that he wants 5 years, $50 million.

Carter is an upgrade over Turkoglu because he is a lot quicker up and down the court and can finish better at the rim. His outside game is a threat, but so is his penetration. Some question Carter’s drive to win and his winning intangibles, but his talent may be too much to pass up.

Ryan Anderson could be the gem of the deal here as he was likely a throw-in in the eyes of the Nets. Anderson has the size to become a decent role player in the post for Orlando at 21 years of age, especially with Marcin Gortat being a free agent.

The Nets used this trade to enter full rebuilding mode. Now, they are starting over with the core of Devin Harris/Courtney Lee/Terrence Williams (11th Overall Pick)/Brooks Lopez with role players like Rafer Alston and Tony Battie coming off the bench. I love the deal for them because it gives them cap space for a potential run at LeBron James.

This move does the opposite for Orlando’s checkbook. Take a gander at how much they will owe Dwight Howard, Rashard Lewis and Carter over the next three years.

09-10 – $48 million
10-11 – $52 million
11-12 – $57 million

Not to mention the $11+ million from JJ Reddick, Jameer Nelson and Mickael Pietrus. As a point of reference, the current NBA salary cap is $58 million.

All-in-all, the Magic made this trade to keep up with the Spurs and Cavs, which both made major moves before draft day.

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