Saturday , Jun , 30 , 2007 C.Y. Ellis

Nets’ Carter opts out of contract

East Rutherford, NJ (Sports Network) – New Jersey Nets guard/forward
Vince Carter exercised his option to forgo the final year of his
contract on Saturday.

“We fully expected Vince to exercise his option,” said Nets president Rod
Thorn. “We have stated publicly that we would like to bring him back, and will
now work towards that goal.”

Carter, who is scheduled to become a free agent on Sunday, is expected to
remain with the Nets.

According to The Record newspaper in New Jersey, the Nets will likely offer
Carter a guaranteed four-year contract with a partial guarantee for a
fifth year. The total guaranteed money for the new deal would be $65

Carter led the Nets in scoring last season, averaging 25.2 points per game. He
also averaged six rebounds and 4.8 assists per contest. In 12 playoff games,
Carter netted 22.3 points per game.