Vince Carter for Jermaine O’Neal Deal Back On?
It is being reported that the Nets and Pacers have resumed talks of a trade that would send Vince Carter to Indiana for Jermaine O’Neal.
The Nets should think long and hard before they trade Vince Carter for Jermaine O’Neal. It seems like everyone loves to pile on Vince. Consider these stats… the Nets are 0-5 this season without Carter, losing by an average score of 92.6 to 76.6. With Carter, they are a respectable18-16. Over the past 2+ seasons, Vince has only missed 8 games (out of 203) and the Nets have lost all of them.
O’Neal, on the other hand, has missed 52 games in that span plus another 38 the previous season. His scoring average has dropped the last four seasons: 24.3, 20.1, 19.4 to 15.3 this season and his 7.3 rebounds are 1.5 rebounds less than he has had in any year since he became a starter.
I just don’t think Carter is the problem in NJ and an ailing and oft-injured Jermaine O’Neal doesn’t seem to be the solution.
The only reason the Nets could think about pulling the trigger on this deal is to get out of Carter’s long term deal. Vince is signed for the next 5 years at about 13.3 M/yr while O’Neal is signed for 19.7 M for the next two years.