Vince Carter might finally get his wish: a ticket out of Toronto.
The Raptors and Trail Blazers are discussing a blockbuster seven-player trade that would send Carter to Portland, ESPN's Stephen A. Smith has learned.
In exchange for Carter, Jalen Rose and two other unnamed players, Toronto would receive forward Shareef Abdur-Rahim, center
Vladimir Stepania and guard Derek Anderson from Portland. Toronto proposed the multiplayer deal, Smith reports.
Carter asked during the summer to be traded but the Raptors had
hoped the All-Star guard would change his mind. Toronto hasn't made the
playoffs the past two seasons, and Sam Mitchell will be Carter's
third coach in three years.
Carter told the Toronto Star in the offseason that "It's time for the truth: I want to be traded."
Carter also said in a letter to fans posted on his Web site that
he's not eager to wait while the team rebuilds.
"My frustration comes from the fact that we have not been able
to create an equation to win ballgames," Carter wrote. "I am at
the point in my career where I do not have time to wait two to four
years for a team to mature."
Carter has four years remaining on his contract and remains one
of the NBA's most popular players because of his highlight-reel
dunks. But knee injuries have caused him to lose some of his
Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.