Vince Carter has agreed in principal to a 4-year, $61.8 million contract from the New Jersey Nets, only a day after opting out of his current contract that would have paid him $16.3 million next season. Additionally, there is a team option for a fifth year if Carter is still able to perform at the level he has played at while in New Jersey.
Carter averaged 25.2 points per game in the regular season and 22.3 for the postseason, both leading the team. He has been a major piece of the puzzle for the Nets over the past couple of seasons, forming a formidable trio along with Jason Kidd and Richard Jefferson. There have been a number of trade rumors involving Jefferson, but nothing has materialized as of now.
One has to wonder if Carter was even thinking about leaving New Jersey, or whether there would be other offers on the table. The team will have some uncertainty coming up in the next few years, as owners Bruce Ratner and rapper Jay-Z try to move the team to Brooklyn.