Tuesday , Feb , 10 , 2009 C.Y. Ellis

Vince Carter to End up with Spurs?

The Nets were clobbered without their captain Sunday in Orlando, 101-84, and held to 39.5 percent shooting. Carter has had some of his best performances against the Spurs, most recently a 26-point, six-assist effort at San Antonio on Jan. 23, when the Nets had three chances to take the lead in the last two minutes but lost.

The Spurs will be watching Carter closely for another reason: Sensing an opportunity to grab a fifth title with the Lakers experiencing some injury problems, the Spurs recently called the Nets to inquire about Carter’s availability.

A deal would be extremely difficult to make, however, because among those players San Antonio is making available, the Nets have interest in only Roger Mason — now arguably the game’s top 3-point shooter, and one of its best closers — and backup point guard George Hill.