June 20, 2011
The Phoenix Suns may have a little extra room financially this coming season than originally planned. The Arizona Republic reports that the team is considering buying out the contract of Vince Carter(notes) for $4 million before the draft gets underway Thursday.
Carter, who has been in the league since being drafted fifth overall by the Golden State Warriors in 1998, averaged 14 points, 3.8 rebounds and two assists per game for the Suns and Orlando Magic last year.
Carter only has one year left on his contract, but it looks like he'll be spending it with another franchise. Since '98, when he was the Rookie of the Year, the 34-year-old has spent time with the Toronto Raptors, New Jersey Nets, Magic and Suns. Carter is an eight-time All-Star and was the Slam Dunk champion of 2000.