Mavs bringing back Vince Carter

June, 30, 2012
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Vince Carter spent Saturday playing in Dirk Nowitzki's Heroes Celebrity baseball game and it appears he could spend the 2012-13 season with Nowitzki as well.

The Mavs have exercised their option on Carter's full $3.1 million salary, a source with knowledge of the situation confirmed. Saturday was the deadline to either go all in or buy out the 35-year-old swingman at a reduced rate.

Carter signed a three-year deal with the Mavs last December with the final two years partially guaranteed. He could still be included in a trade later to clear cap space.

Carter said he enjoyed his first season in Dallas and wanted to return.

"Absolutely and they know that," Carter said. "When you establish something you don't want to get moved."

Heading into his 15th season, Carter started 40 of 61 games last season at shooting guard and also saw time at small forward. He averaged 10.1 points and 3.3 rebounds. He shot 41.1 percent overall from the floor and his 36.1 percent from 3-point range ranked third on the team.

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TEAM LEADERS

POINTS
Dirk Nowitzki
PTS AST STL MIN
21.7 2.7 0.9 32.9
OTHER LEADERS
ReboundsS. Dalembert 6.8
AssistsM. Ellis 5.7
StealsM. Ellis 1.7
BlocksS. Dalembert 1.2