Toronto Raptors Team Report – December 18
=== Toronto Raptors Team Report – December 18 ===
(Sports Network) – Toronto finally traded perennial All-Star Vince Carter on
Friday, sending him to New Jersey in exchange for Alonzo Mourning, Eric
Williams, Aaron Williams and two first round picks.
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.
The Raptors still had to play on Friday night and they ended up losing 89-86
to the Indiana Pacers at Conseco Fieldhouse. Jalen Rose scored a game-high 23
points for the Raptors, who have lost eight of their last nine. Chris Bosh
added 13 points.
Matt Bonner added 10 points for the Raptors, who fell to 2-13 on the road this
Toronto has a day off before facing the New Jersey Nets at Air Canada Centre
on Sunday afternoon. However, Carter remains on the IL and won’t play in that