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Old 02-16-2009, 06:22 PM   #2 (permalink)
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The Spurs indeed have some interest in Vinsanity and have weighed the feasibility of lodging a bid. But, given that they're not breaking up their big three, they'd almost certainly have to trade Roger Mason, Bruce Bowen, Fabricio Oberto and at least one other regular (such as Kurt Thomas or Michael Finley) to make it happen. They'd also have to believe that Carter is an over-the-top piece to take the highly un-Spurs-like step of shaking up their roster so forcefully ... and doing so in-season.

There is reason to believe that the Spurs don't believe Carter meets that prerequisite, judging by Tim Duncan's comments during All-Star Weekend.

"No offense to Vince; obviously he's an excellent player," Duncan said. "We'd love to have him. But to give up most of our team to add one guy, I don't think that's the way you want to go."

And ...

"It's a long season and we have a lot of guys who have been here a long time and understand the way we want to play," Duncan said. "Just to insert one new piece and try to teach him in half a season the way we want to play isn't the way that we work."

San Antonio's bigger problem here, even if management thinks the idea is better than Duncan makes it sound, is actually the economics. Carter is scheduled to earn $17.5 million in the 2010-11 season, with $4 million of his $18.3 million guaranteed in 2011-12. Those are huge numbers for the small-market Spurs to swallow.

There are a couple GMs out there who believe that the Trail Blazers will enter (or have entered) the Vince bidding. Dallas, by contrast, continues to say that it won't.

The Nets would want Josh Howard in such a deal and the Mavs, according to club sources, have no intention of making Howard available for a Carter swap.

Dallas insists that it's interested in Carter only if the most valuable trade chip it surrenders is Jerry Stackhouse's virtual expiring contract (which has only $2 million guaranteed in 2009-10). As covered in Thursday night's Daily Dime, one Mavs source went so far as to claim that the Nets would have to include rookie center Brook Lopez to change that stance, which obviously isn't happening.

The Mavs believe that the recent arrival of Darrell Armstrong as an assistant coach -- after Armstrong's influence was badly missed in the locker room in the final, fateful days of Avery Johnson's run as Mavs coach -- gives Howard a confidante on the staff who can help keep him engaged after a rough year-plus for the former All-Star.

The swingman Dallas has actually been chasing, sources say, is Sacramento's Salmons, but the Kings want the Mavs to take back Beno Udrih as well since they don't have a first-round pick to sweeten the deal. But Udrih won't be Dallas-bound with three years and nearly $20 million left on his contract after this season.

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