The New Jersey Nets have re-signed free agent guard/forward Vince Carter to a new multi-year contract Nets President Rod Thorn announced today. InsideHoops.com hears it’s for four years and over $60 million with an option for a fifth year. We’ll post exact details tonight.
“We are very pleased to re-sign Vince” said Thorn. “He has been an integral part of the success that the Nets have enjoyed since he joined us in 2004, and we look forward to Vince’s continued productivity and unique, exciting style of play as a member of Nets basketball.”
“This is a very significant day for the Nets franchise. Vince is a cornerstone of the team’s success and a true star on and off the court,” said Nets principal owner Bruce Ratner. “I appreciate everything that he does for the organization and the excitement that he brings to our fans. His new contract represents our continued commitment to being a winner and I’m thrilled that Vince and his family will be part of the Nets for years to come.”
Carter, an eight-time All-Star, broke the Nets’ franchise record for points in a season for the second consecutive year in 2006-07, scoring 2,070 points. Playing in all 82 games last season, the 6-6 product out of North Carolina ranked eighth in the league in scoring (25.2 ppg) while averaging career highs with 6.0 rpg and 4.8 apg. In two and a half seasons with New Jersey, Carter has averages of 25.5 ppg, 5.9 rpg and 4.6 apg over 218 games. The Nets originally acquired the rights to the Florida native by trading Alonzo Mourning, Aaron Williams, Eric Williams and two first round draft picks to Toronto on December 17, 2004.
Over the course of his nine years in the NBA with Toronto and New Jersey, Carter has the fourth highest scoring average amongst active players at 24.1 ppg to go along with 5.4 rpg and 4.1 apg in 621 career contests. The 1999 NBA Rookie of the Year has also appeared in 42 postseason contests, averaging 25.9 ppg, 6.9 rpg and 4.2 apg.