After tonight, the All-Star break begins for the Nets. They resume their schedule next week at Houston and Dallas in advance of the Feb. 19 trade deadline. The three Texas teams are among those interested in Carter, according to league sources….The Mavericks’ interest is compelling because Jason Kidd is in Dallas and asked to be traded last year in part because of Carter. Jerry Stackhouse likely would be involved.
Initial reaction: kthnxno. But what if there was a way for the Mavs to get Carter without giving up Howard? It’s almost impossible to pull off without giving up a key cog of the team, so a three-way trade would have to be the way to go. Carter would unquestionably be an upgrade at shooting guard and has experience playing with Kidd. On the flip side, he’s never been a very good defender, and he’s on the wrong side of 30 (32, in fact), and his contract has big money going into 2010 ($17.5 mil in 2010-2011 and a partially-guaranteed big money year after). So I’d probably vote “no” on that deal, too. Any Carter fans out there? Hello? Anybody? Bueller?