Nets Lose Carter To Ankle Injury
New York Daily News - 04/05 - 2:30 AM EST
With the Nets still trying to keep their playoff chances alive, the team were dealt a blow when they lost Vince Carter with a sprained ankle which may require surgery, the New York Daily News are reporting.
If Carter opts for surgery, it will not happen until the Nets season is over.
I wouldn't normally bother with this but it could impact the Pacers since there has been a lot of trade talk between NJ and the Pacers about doing a trade for JO.
Speculation leads me to think this benefits the Pacers one way or another.
The background on this is the Nets want JO since his contract expires at the same time as Labron's and Wade's etc., and it appears NJ has the best chance of landing Labron if he wants to leave Cleveland.
How would this benefit the Pacers? Well, we would now naturally want more for JO than Carter and spare parts.
1] We trade JO this summer.
2] We keep JO at least for another year.
3] We keep JO and trade him at the trade deadline in a year and a half.
4] We resign JO after his contract expires.
The thing is if NJ wants JO this summer, besides what ever the deal is it will probably cost them a draft pick to get him now. Their own, or possibly Dallas's if Dallas makes the playoffs.
I look for both teams to pass on a trade this summer. Right now JO is enhancing his value and we can get more later, especially next summer or at the trade deadline in a year and a half. So unless we get what we want, why trade him? Plus there is always the chance JO starts earning his big contract again, which would really benefit us.
As for NJ's view point, why trade now? Of course that could turn out to hurt them.