Doug Smith of the Toronto Star first reported today that the Raptors are set to part ways with veteran point guard Anthony Carter, who signed a one-year deal with Toronto as a free agent in December.

According to Smith, “The Raptors are going to try to either move the veteran guard in some transaction or release him in the next week and a half, according to a team source.”

Since Carter has little, if any, trade value, and the Raptors wouldn’t get anything significantly positive or negative from an AC trade, I really could not care less whether a deal is made or the Raps simply release Anthony. While I’m sure he did what was asked of him as one of the veteran mentors to Toronto’s crop of youngsters, the truth is that out of the 24 games he appeared in, Carter only looked like an NBA caliber guard in a handful of them.

That’s not a knock on Carter. He’ll be 37 later this year and has hung around the NBA for 13 seasons now, which is obviously a testament to his talent, durability and workmanlike attitude. Perhaps a move to a contender can invigorate the vet, but I’d have to assume that one way or another, this season is pretty much the end of the road for Anthony Carter in the NBA (as a player, anyway).

Good luck to you, Anthony, we hardly knew you.

As for what it means for the Raptors, obviously if Carter is simply released it will open up a roster spot in Toronto. But before you get excited or think about a guy like Wilson Chandler, which I’ve seen float around on twitter, remember that the deadline for any team besides Denver to sign him to an offer sheet has already passed (March 1).

It may turn out to mean absolutely nothing at all, but the way I see it, no harm can come from Carter getting a chance to possibly play for a playoff team or from the Raptors having a little roster flexibility in the second half of this rebuilding season.

Comments (7)

  1. My first thought was a trade might be in the works.

    • I don’t think so, Colangelo has always been willing to buy out/release veterans who don’t want to be here and that’s all this seems like to me.

  2. It was bound to happen. Carter was not going to be resigned w/ the raptors anyways. he was essentially roster filler that would have been replaced by a rookie next season. What the Raptors should think about is what they going to do with the other players on their roster. I have a couple of ideas of what they could do come trade dealdline time.

    1) send Jose Calderon, Leandro Barbosa, and Aaron Gray to the Lakers for LA’s 8$ million trade exemption, Steven Blake and Josh McRoberts. Calderon’s time has taken is corse and it is time for him to go and the Lakers can use a veteran PG of his caliber. Barbosa would act as rental and a boost from the bench for LA to start a playoff run. Steven Blake would temporaily replace the veteran presence lost by Calderon while Mc Roberts would be an excelent replacement of Aaron gray.

    2) Send Amir Johnson and Ed Davis to the Golden State Warriors for Andris Biendris. Johnson and Davis have proven themselves to be more than expendable to the raptors. They’re not big enough to guard down low and their offense leaves much to be desired. Biendris would be a perfect starter as he doesn’t need the ball, but when he gets it, he’s highly proficient with it. He’s an excellent rebounder and shot blocker. With three years left on his deal, he can serve as a starter to help with the development of the soon to be arriving Jonas Valunciunas.

    So what do you think?

    • 1) I’m pretty sure trade exceptions can only be used in single player trades or deals that involve picks and cash. Can someone confirm?

      2) IMO, trading one of Amir or Ed for Biedrins would be insane…trading BOTH for Biedrins would be grounds for dismissal. Why would you give up two young bigs with potential, one of whom is still on his rookie scale contract, for a centre (who will take minutes away from Valanciunas) who will make $9 million next year and has a $9 million player option in 2013-2014. I think Amir or Ed could get moved this off-season, and I’m sure there is a valuable deal out there to be made, but this proposed deal makes absolutely no sense. Also, if you want a centre that does his job to fill in when JV’s on the bench, why not just re-sign Gray to a much more team-friendly contract than Biedrins has?

    • Calderon AND Barbosa? The LA trade exception isn’t enough to cover both players, Jose is just under 10mil, and Barbosa is 7mil. They’d only be able to take one of them with the trade exception and the players you offered back from LA.

      I like McRoberts, but why would the Raptors want Steve Blake at 3 years and 4mil per year?

      Andris Biedrins? Raptors have their own version of Andris Biedrins next year in Valanciunas. Why would they give up Johnson and Davis for another one? Especially at 9 mil per year for 3 years.

      Sorry, I don’t like either of your trade scenarios.

  3. I think AC will be a nice addition to a playoff contendor. He would seem like a guy Popovich would like to have in San Antonio, so I could see him going there.

    More of an opportuniy for Bayless, perhaps? Who knows.

  4. They have to fill the roster spot with someone. I would expect they already have a plan for a 1 for 2 or a 2 for 3 player trade in the works.

    If so, I’m down with shipping Jose somewhere, but only if BC has a wink wink deal with Nash for next year. OR if we get a mid level 1st round pick back for him and then take a stab at Nash.

    I’ve been saying Barbosa to the Lakers all year for their 1st and the TE. But I would like to resign him next season as a 6th man.

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