It’s no secret that Vince Carter’s time with the Orlando Magic has been anything but smooth. Over the weekend his tenure with the club came to an abrupt end.
Carter was part of the National Basketball Association’s biggest in-season trade for 2010 so far as three teams and seven players were involved. The Florida native was shipped out to the Phoenix Suns alongside Mickael Pietrus and Marcin Gortat. In return the club got Hedo Turkoglu, Jason Richardson and Earl Clark. The other part of the deal saw the Magic pick up troubled guard Gilbert Arenas in exchange for its highest-paid player Rashard Lewis.
The trade comes after a mercurial two and a half year calendar period with the team. After losing to the Los Angeles Lakers in the 2008 NBA Finals, the Magic traded for Carter. The decision turned out to be a disaster as he struggled mightily in Orlando’s disappointing exit in the Eastern Conference finals last season against the Boston Celtics.
Carter was here in the Cayman Islands this summer for the second annual Cayman Islands Basketball Association Orlando Magic camp. At that time he stated that he would accept whatever move the team made in regards to his future in Orlando.
“I could care less about the trade rumours and all that,” Carter said. “My role is to be the play-maker for the team and make some shots. I think I’ve had a great career so far. I’ve seen a lot and done a lot. The only thing missing is an NBA championship on my resume. What drives me is the goal to be the best on the court.”