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.
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 rebounds.
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.NJN TOR