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Monday, December 5th, 2011 at 9:05 am  |  57 responses

Report: Vince Carter to Be Waived By the Phoenix Suns


Oh, how far the mighty have fallen. According to ESPN, the Suns will soon waive the artist formerly known as Half Man-Half Amazing: “Vince Carter isn’t a free agent yet, but sources close to the situation say the eight-time All-Star will be thrust onto the open market shortly after the end of the lockout. Based on an amendment in his contract obtained by ESPN.com, Carter must be waived by the Phoenix Suns within 72 hours of the official start of free agency or his $18 million salary for the 2011-12 season becomes fully guaranteed. The Suns, sources said, have already decided to waive Carter within that window. The Suns and Carter amended the contract in June to delay the guaranteed-salary date in Carter’s final contract year until after the lockout ended. Waiving Carter inside the first 72 hours after the league’s schedule start of free agency Friday means that Phoenix would only have to pay $4 million to Carter and likely ensure that the Suns avoid luxury-tax territory this season even after trying to complete the re-signing of Grant Hill and moves with other potential free agents. The Suns’ plan, sources said, is to bring back Hill if possible and make a playoff run this season, then proceed to the summer of 2012 armed with salary-cap space to make major upgrades to the roster.”

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  • Matthew Richardson

    Half man…The other half fell off.

  • robb

    I don’t think Miami can afford another 4th quarter choker

  • MUBWAR

    half man half heart.

  • Darren

    he would be perfect on chicago

  • BAWSE

    He should call the Celts. He would be a good one year pick up to come off the bench for the 2 or 3 spot and give that team a legit scoring option off the bench. Or the bulls. OFF THE BENCH of course.

  • BlackStar

    Wow … it’s sad to see how homie has fallen off. Makes me appreciate the work ethic of Kobe that much more.

  • http://tempdog1 Tempest

    Call him what you want, as long as that list includes the greatest dunker that ever lived

  • http://www.slamonline.com greg

    wow how fat is he now?

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zNxu7yEwHOM Allenp

    I like how the article said they plan to make a playoff run. Really now?

  • http://www.kittywilde.com/ RunNGun

    Vince Carter’s whole career has been a joke. The guy is overrated and comparable to a lazy, backseat driver. Were he ever motivated, he would have done great and memorable things in his career instead of being known only for a dunk.

  • bt

    I think everyones missing the key point of this article. The Suns are already focusing on 2012 free agency. Way to waste another year of Nash’s career Sarver.

  • JayChau

    Bring him back to T.Dot.

  • 23

    Vince carter is not the greatest dunker. There are dudes nowadays who can do every single dunk vc did, PLUS dudes who can throw down in ways carter never did. Its evolution of the basketball athlete. Dudes have higher verticals etc. There will always be flashy dunkers. But dunking is not why jordan, magic, bird, kobe, russel, wilt, or west or big O are considered all time greats. Even random dudes at the park can throw down sick dunks. Who cares if he won a dunk contest? He was a slacker and only succeeded because of his natural gifts. Vince Carter=All flash, no substance….. with a decent jumper. Don’t blame it on injuries either, because grant hill is a prime example of how hard work can keep you on the court as a VERY effective and important player. If your most memorable and biggest accomplishment, as an nba player, is winning a dino contest

  • 23

    Vince carter is not the greatest dunker. There are dudes nowadays who can do every single dunk vc did, PLUS dudes who can throw down in ways carter never did. Its evolution of the basketball athlete. Dudes have higher verticals etc. There will always be flashy dunkers. But dunking is not why jordan, magic, bird, kobe, russel, wilt, or west or big O are considered all time greats. Even random dudes at the park can throw down sick dunks. Who cares if he won a dunk contest? He was a slacker and only succeeded because of his natural gifts. Vince Carter=All flash, no substance….. with a decent jumper. Don’t blame it on injuries either, because grant hill is a prime example of how hard work can keep you on the court as a VERY effective and important player. If your most memorable and biggest accomplishment, as an nba player, is winning a dino contest

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    The worst part is, this guy can averaged 18 4 4 without trying. He’s going to be useful off of the bench for a contender. Never going to be what he should be, but he will still be (inefficiently) productive.

  • 23

    Vince carter is not the greatest dunker. There are dudes nowadays who can do every single dunk vc did, PLUS dudes who can throw down in ways carter never did. Its evolution of the basketball athlete. Dudes have higher verticals etc. There will always be flashy dunkers. But dunking is not why jordan, magic, bird, kobe, russel, wilt, or west or big O are considered all time greats. Even random dudes at the park can throw down sick dunks. Who cares if he won a dunk contest? He was a slacker and only succeeded because of his natural gifts. Vince Carter=All flash, no substance….. with a decent jumper. Don’t blame it on injuries either, because grant hill is a prime example of how hard work can keep you on the court as a VERY effective and important player. If your most memorable and biggest accomplishment, as an nba player, is winning a dunk contest… That basically signifies unimportant to the game of basketball, aka not an all time great

  • http://Www.dimemag.com Royal

    We heard you the first time ,23…. Lmao just joking dude.

  • Zabbah

    Vince carter is not the greatest dunker. There are dudes nowadays

  • Zabbah

    Vince carter is not the greatest dunker. There are dudes nowadays

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    Vince is the best NBA, in-game dunker of all time.

  • 23

    Haha my bad. Yall know how this website works

  • LA Huey

    Vince carter is not the greatest dunker. There are dudes nowadays who can do every single dunk vc did, PLUS dudes who can throw down in ways carter never did. Its evolution of the basketball athlete. Dudes have higher verticals etc. There will always be flashy dunkers. But dunking is not why jordan, magic, bird, kobe, russel, wilt, or west or big O are considered all time greats. Even random dudes at the park can throw down sick dunks. Who cares if he won a dunk contest? He was a slacker and only succeeded because of his natural gifts. Vince Carter=All flash, no substance….. with a decent jumper. Don’t blame it on injuries either, because grant hill is a prime example of how hard work can keep you on the court as a VERY effective and important player. If your most memorable and biggest accomplishment, as an nba player, is winning a dunk contest… That basically signifies unimportant to the game of basketball, aka not an all time great

  • 12ising Phoenix

    @ robb, 4th.quarter choker? I wouldn’t say that… VC hit a bunch of game winners back on NJ , a chucker, yes .. but clutch ill give him a nod.

  • Josh

    Might be an interesting piece for the Lakers to look at. With Shannon Brown most likely leaving they have a need for another perimeter player and Vince could play the 2 and 3, which would help if LA amnesties Metta. Could be a good fit..

  • 23

    Some people prefer power, ie. Lebron and some people prefer smooth, clyde, or flashy, vc. So the greatest dunker is more of an opinion than anything else. How many dunks did vc have in the nba playoffs? Or in the nba finals? Lets not reward someone solely for their athletic ability. Instead we should pay more attention to defense, post position, heart and clutchness!

  • http://nba.com GP23

    Michael Jordan is the best in-game dunker of all time.

  • MikeC.

    Once upon a time, there was a man named Dominique Wilkins…

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    Vince Carter was reversing and doing 360′s on people. He jumped OVER a 7Footer. Vince is the in-game GOAT

  • @boweezy24

    I Agree With Vince Being The Best In-Game Dunker! Oh, Knicks Should Get Vince Carter.

  • wiltmj

    VINCE CARTER IS THE GREATEST DUNKER OF ALL TIME, AND HIS CAREER IS UNDERAPPRECIATED

  • http://www.optimabbc.be Max

    VC=GOAT dunker, cosign nbk, VC just looked so nice.

  • marc

    You guys act like vince sucks. He just had bad work ethic. And for anyone to say hes not the best in-game dunker. You must be stupid or still clapping backboard. He jumped over a 7 footer in a game. He was doing windmill in traffic like come on. He might not be an all time great(he could have been if he had worked hard) but for someone to do what he did on pure gift is kind of good.

  • Andrew

    Haters gonna hate and never change their opinion. As a NBA fan at the end of the day I’m thankful for all the thrills VC gave us as viewers. He single handedly put Toronto on the map and they haven’t recovered since. Obviously the greatest slam dunk contest of all time, Olympics – Weis dunk of death; the playoff series vs AI – countless game winning shots… How many guys play the game and are never remembered, never make an impact and yes never ein a championship. One of only 37 to ever reach 20k in points… You can’t deny at the end of his career whether you love or hate him hell be in the h.o.f and you can take that to the bank

  • 23

    @marc: I don’t see why we should praise someone on anything else besides, hardwork, teamwork, heart, passion, and hustle. Without any of those things, sports would be pointless imo

  • ttc

    all of u are just haters..maybe he just didn’t feel like workin sooo hard to be the greatest..he doesn’t owe any of u anything…i mean he made it to the NBA, how many people can say that? he was an All-Star, dudes..i think he did pretty well in his career AND earned his money..it’s largely because of players like him that the NBA is so succesful..all “real” bball fan can appreciate Tim Duncan’s game and would pay to see him play, but thx to players like VC, the game of basketball appeals to a much larger audience..anyway Vince Carter is a legend in my eyes…peace

  • http://slamonline Brion

    Man Nash needs to go to a contender while he still has some game left. Dude has been loyal to his team for a long time, but deserves a shot at a ring.

  • slamfan4life

    CHI?

  • Kadavour

    ALL NBA dunk conversations begin and end with Vince Carter. Best in-game dunker and the best competition dunker** (Jason Richardson is prob the only legit contender for that crown). Vince could jump off either foot or both with EASE and in traffic. I’ve yet to see his in-game dunk mechanics improved or even mirrored in the NBA to date. Terrico White might change that though. As far as his overall game, i say he was just overrated. He depended on his athleticism and when that failed, his work ethic wasn’t sufficient maintain standards. Healthy Vince was clutch as f*ck though.

  • Riggs

    youre an idiot if you dont think vince is the best in game dunker of all time. jumped over a 7 footer. nuff said.

  • http://slamonline.com Allenp

    I can’t just let Vince leap Jordan and Nique like that. But he’s definitely in their class. Jordan was doing dunk contest dunks during games too when he first got in the League. And posterizing cats his entire career. Nique as well.
    Y’all are sleeping. And Clyde Drexler deserves some love too.

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rO1EM7KPDqA nbk

    Allen, please, just think about what Vince was doing in games. Jordan wasn’t doing that stuff in Dunk Contests. Neither was Nique. Click my name if you need a refresher.

  • http://slamonline.com LakeShow

    Vince carter is not the greatest dunker. There are dudes nowadays who can do every single dunk vc did, PLUS dudes who can throw down in ways carter never did. Its evolution of the basketball athlete. Dudes have higher verticals etc. There will always be flashy dunkers. But dunking is not why jordan, magic, bird, kobe, russel, wilt, or west or big O are considered all time greats. Even random dudes at the park can throw down sick dunks. Who cares if he won a dunk contest? He was a slacker and only succeeded because of his natural gifts. Vince Carter=All flash, no substance….. with a decent jumper. Don’t blame it on injuries either, because grant hill is a prime example of how hard work can keep you on the court as a VERY effective and important player. If your most memorable and biggest accomplishment, as an nba player, is winning a dunk contest… That basically signifies unimportant to the game of basketball, aka not an all time great… DINO

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GDNFKaq5vqw nbk

    He did the Free Throw Line Dunk IN A GAME. 1:30 mark of attached video on this comment.

  • http://www.offthebackboard.wordpress.com OTB

    VC is the greatest in-game dunker, there is no question. He has done 360s simply after blowing past a defender (think of his dunk when he blew past Kobe at the 2001 ASG); he’s reverse windmilled it on Chris Mullin and Rik Smits. He’s dunked OVER Mount Mutumbo, Zo, Tim Duncan, Shawn Bradley (well, the last one is not much of an accomplishment). He’s pulled off perhaps the sickest looking alley oop of all time against the Clippers. He’s hit countless game winners (most while in Toronto, and some in New Jersey). The guy averaged over 24 ppg 6 times in his career, and is an 8 time all-star. He is not a bum. He faded off fast and quick, but he was a great player. With the right team and the right coaches pushing him, Vince will be a good addition to any team off the bench where there is no pressure on him to execute (like with the Magic).

  • http://www.offthebackboard.wordpress.com OTB

    @nbk – That wasn’t that close to the free throw line, its pretty much where he jumped for the two handed dunk in the SDC in 2000. Also, he had a horrible game, I remember watching him stink it up as the Raptors lost that game. I agree with you on him being the best dunker having followed his career closely, but that’s not the best example. I’d simply point to the dunk over Zo or his unique 360s.

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GDNFKaq5vqw nbk

    Yeah, I’m aware OTB. THe only NBA player to ever do the FT line dunk from behind the free throw line, in a game or contest is Scottie Pippen. Brent Barry came pretty close.

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GDNFKaq5vqw nbk

    And if you read all of my comments the one at 1:15 is connected to highlights of his whole entire career. From UNC forward.

  • http://nba.com GP23

    If somebody can find a video of Steve Nash dunking.. then that would make my day.

  • http://www.offthebackboard.wordpress.com OTB

    @nbk – Oh I see it – my fault. As for the discussion, I think Carter’s facials alone would beat out any competitor. When have you ever seen MJ or Nique throw it down not only on a shot blocker, but with enough power to make them stumble backwards after meeting at the apex of a jump; this is what he did with Zo. And it wasn’t a fluke – VC has dunked on Zo at least 3 times in his career. He pretty much jumped over Tim Duncan in a game. He did windmills in traffic (there is a game against the Clippers in 2001 that comes to mind); he has done behind the back wrap dunks (@Washington, 2000), he’s done windmill alley oops (@Cavs, 2001 preseason). I’m not giving the man justice, just go on YouTube, and look at any of Maxamillion711′s VC Raptors videos, including his Top 100 collection (there is 2 parts).

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GDNFKaq5vqw nbk

    Jordan and Nique were both yammin on people. And hard. Carter was going up and over everyone though. But mainly his dunk contest dunks in the middle of a crowded lane are why I have him as the GOAT. And that dunk over Weiss

  • BRAVO

    VC IS THE BEST IN GAME DUNKER OF ALL TIME! LOOK A HOW MANY TIMES HE DUNKED ON THE BEST SHOT BLOCKERS WHEN HE WAS IN HIS PROS!!!! I STILL REMEBER WHEN HE DUNKED OVER TIM DUNCAN, DAVID ROBINSON AND BEN WALLACE. YOUTUBE IT BOI!

  • BBaller

    Shawn Kemp has to be mentioned for in game dunks. But VC is the goat

  • http://www.google.com/news BETCATS

    I wouldnt mind if the Bobcats picked him up. Having him and Maggette on the team would appease all the ACC fans enough.

  • http://www.triplejunearthed.com/dacre Dacre

    I can it now… The Suns will have another fairytale ride into the playoffs on the back of their new star SG…. AARON AFFLALO!!!!! …. oh dang it.

  • Justin

    I’ve seen Nash dunk but those were in high school and in warm ups. Yes, I played with and against him in school. And I’m sorry, but Vince is definitely the best in game dunker in history but it’s not by a wide margin by any stretch of the imagination. You look at some of the dunks Jordan and Dominique did in their heyday and you realize just how ferocious they could be. Also, Lebron dunked from very close to the free throw line as well in a game. It’s too bad Carter’s career had to end up the way it did. With just the slightest bit of work ethic he could have been one of the all time greats and not in that Grant Hill, Tracy McGrady, Penny Hardaway category of “what might have been”.

  • Linda

    I concur w/Andrew (Thx-well said!) All U haters r ABSURD! “VC” ain’t NO JOKE & he’s well earned & deserves RESPECT! From UNC, Toronto, New Jersey, Orlando & Phoenix – any team would benefit w/”VINSANITY”! Stop knocking his age & old cliches-He’s not done yet! Yeah, I’m proud 2b a “true fan” of Mr. Carter’s & will continue 2follow his career until he takes his last shot! LUV U “VC” & Best Wishes Always! :-)

  • Gruia

    Ain’t that a beut. Vince is a starter, and its carrying the mavs. His passes defense and vision are top notch

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