HoopsHype Vince Carter rumors

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There is mutual interest in re-signing valued role players Vince Carter, Devin Harris and Shawn Marion, and one of them could get the cap-room midlevel exception that went to Ellington last summer, which would not impact cap space. The exact amount of financial flexibility the Mavs have this summer is to be determined, but it will be more than enough to bid aggressively in free agency. ESPN.com

Be advised that Carter has been very happy in Dallas these past three seasons. Very happy. He's emerged as the emotional leader of Dirk Nowitzki's team at this late stage of his career and, by all accounts, wants to re-sign with Dallas. The Mavs, furthermore, are said to be just as interested in signing the 37-year-old to a new deal, especially after Carter capped his bargain three-year, $9 million pact with a a turn-back-the-clock series against the Spurs. ESPN.com

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Neither he nor anybody else knows if this season will produce a return to the postseason. But Carter does know two things. This team is better than last year’s. And he desperately wants to hang around to see this rebuilding project through to the end. Or at least next season. “I think I’ve earned the right to stick around,” Carter said. Dallas Morning News

He hopes it is a no-brainer that he re-signs with the Mavericks. “My fingers are crossed,” he said. “Next year might be even better. We can attract some more people, more talent. Now I know my role, and I know the system, it’s second nature to me now. I know the city very well. I’m stepping out, going to SMU games and getting out and about. I’m very comfortable here. “I like the guys. I like the nucleus we have here. With my role and the way I play and the way I go about things, it really helps guys here. And they like that. Hopefully, that’s enough so that they can still have trust in me enough to play significant minutes and help the other guys out.” Dallas Morning News

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Vince Carter was a little surprised when New York's J.R. Smith tugged at Carter's headband and pulled it over his ear. Surprised, but not upset about it. Carter said Wednesday that he thought Smith's action in the fourth quarter of the Dallas Mavericks' 110-108 victory over the Knicks on Monday was all in good fun. "It didn't bother me," Carter said after the Mavericks' shootaround. "I hear everybody making a big deal about it, but he didn't pull it over my eyes where I couldn't see or play the game, so it wasn't a big deal. But I know because it's him, it's an issue. He didn't want me to make any more shots. It was just funny to me." Dallas Morning News

Carter said he considers Smith a good friend and realizes that, because of Smith's past, that's why the headband issue has been such a hot topic. "I didn't argue with the refs or anything like that," he said. "It wasn't a big deal to me." Dallas Morning News

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