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.