This Day In Sports History: Vince Carter Traded To New Jersey Nets In Blockbuster [Video]
On this day in 2004, the New Jersey Nets traded unhappy center Alonzo Mourning, forward Eric Williams (who is now a reality star), forward Aaron Williams and two first round picks for Toronto Raptors superstar Vince Carter.
Carter was injured at the time with a left Achilles tendon, and was unhappy with the direction of the Toronto Raptors.
New Jersey had sign and traded Kenyon Martin who was a free agent to the Denver Nuggets that off-season for three first round picks, and Kerry Kittles to the Los Angeles Clippers for a second round pick.
They were part of a team that had just lost in the finals in 2003 to the Detroit Pistons before selling the team to Bruce Ratner is a plan to move the team to Brooklyn.
The Nets had started 2-11 and Jason Kidd looked like he was heading to another team in free agency (rumors were saying San Antonio Spurs were interested in him).
At the time of the trade Carter was averaging 15.9 points and 3.3 rebounds, both career-lows.
The tandem of Kidd, Carter, and Richard Jefferson went on the the eastern conference semi-finals where they lost to the eventual finals winners the Detroit Pistons.
Check out some highlights of the Vince Carter trade below.
- Alonzo Mourning
- Eric Williams
- Jason Kidd
- Kenyon Martin
- New Jersey
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- Vince Carter