Vince Carter traded to Nets
Indianapolis, IN (Sports Network) – The Toronto Raptors have traded All-Star
swingman Vince Carter to the New Jersey Nets in exchange for center Alonzo
Mourning, forward Eric Williams, center/forward Aaron Williams and two
conditional first-round draft picks. The trade cannot be announced until the
NBA approves it for salary-cap purposes.
Carter, who is currently on the injured list with a strained left Achilles,
started at guard alongside new teammate Jason Kidd for the Eastern Conference
in last season’s All-Star Game.
Now in his seventh season, Carter has averaged 23.4 points, 5.2 rebounds and
3.9 assists. He was drafted fifth overall in 1998 after his junior season at
North Carolina by Golden State, which traded his rights to the Raptors in
exchange for the drafts rights to Antawn Jamison.
Mourning, who has not played since December 7, has been undergoing treatment
for an assortment of ailments, including a sinus infection. The Nets signed
Mourning to a four-year, $22 million contract prior to the 2003-04 season, but
his time with New Jersey lasted only 12 games because of a condition known as
focal glomerulosclerosis. He was forced to stop playing on November 25, 2003
and underwent a kidney transplant less than a month later with an organ
donated by his cousin.
Mourning was the second overall pick in 1992 by the Hornets and twice was the
Defensive Player of the Year (1999 and 2000) with the Miami Heat. Mourning did
not play in 2002-03 because of the kidney disease.
He is a seven-time All-Star who owns career averages of 19.8 points and 9.6
Aaron Williams, who was in his fifth season with the Nets, has averaged 6.5
points and 4.2 rebounds over his 11-year career which has included stops in
Utah, Milwaukee, Denver, Vancouver, Seattle and Washington.
Eric Williams was in his first season with the Nets after signing as a free
agent in August. He was selected by Boston with the 14th pick overall in the
1995 NBA Draft and has had two stints with the Celtics. Eric Williams, who has
averaged 9.3 points and 3.5 boards, has also played for Denver and Cleveland.
One of the draft picks the Raptors received was Denver’s first-round pick in
2005. It is protected if it turns out to be one of the first three.
The other, which also came from Denver, is protected if it is one of the top
eight in the 2005 lottery and one of the first five in 2006.