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Vince Carter Waived By Phoenix Suns, According To Report

The Phoenix Suns, unsurprisingly, have waived Vince Carter, according to a report.

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NBA Free Agency: Vince Carter Waived By Phoenix Suns, According To Report

In a move that comes as little surprise, the Phoenix Suns have waived Vince Carter, according to Paul Coro of the Arizona Republic. The Suns owed Carter $18 million for next year, unless they waived him within 72 hours of the beginning of the free-agent period. The Suns will now owe him only $4 million next season.

Carter has badly declined from his glory days, so the move isn't a surprise. The Suns had previously indicated plans to release Carter earlier in the week. Now, it appears it is official.

Carter averaged just 13.5 points per game on 42 percent shooting after being acquired in a trade with the Orlando Magic, along with Marcin Gortat, for Jason Richardson and Hedo Turkoglu in December. Gortat proved to be the prize of the trade for the Suns, with Carter relegated to being the price of getting him.

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Vince Carter To Be Waived By Phoenix Suns, According To Report

Vince Carter is not currently listed among the top NBA free agents, but the Phoenix Suns swingman will likely end up on that list before training camps open on Friday. The 34-year-old veteran has probably seen better days, but it's likely he could still contribute in the right situation.

The right situation might not be in Phoenix, however, according to ESPN's Chris Broussard and Marc Stein -- at least not under his current contract.

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.

If Hill is waived prior within the first three days of the season, the Suns will only owe him $4 million, a 14-million dollar discount that the Suns might be able to use to re-sign Grant Hill and other potential free agents. ESPN reports that the Chicago Bulls, Miami Heat and San Antonio Spurs are all interested in signing Carter once he becomes a free agent.

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