by Marcel Mutoni

Vince Carter’s name will be in trade rumors – and he fully accepts this – all the way up to the Deadline this Thursday, and one of the more compelling destinations for the artist formerly known as Half Man/Half Amazing, would be in San Antonio.

Tim Duncan, his would-be teammate, was asked by the local press for his thoughts on the possibility of playing with Vince.

From the San Antonio Express-News:

Duncan says he would love to have Carter as a teammate, and why not? At age 32, Carter remains one of the NBA’s most productive small forwards, averaging 20.8 points, 5.1 rebounds and 4.9 assists. Duncan hedges when the price for Carter reportedly includes Roger Mason Jr., Bruce Bowen, George Hill and Fabricio Oberto.

“I’d hate to see that many guys go,” Duncan said.

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“The point of my deal was to try and get a high-caliber free agent in that year,” Duncan said. “I tried to clear some cap space so we could use it.”

Carter, even at age 32, still qualifies as a high-caliber use of such flexibility. Knowing teams that seek to leapfrog the Spurs on their way to the top of the West are losing sleep counting the ways Carter, Duncan, Parker and Ginobili could cause them nightmares is reason enough for Duncan to rest easy.

Gotta love Trade Deadline week.