Prospects of trading Carter look slim

Updated: September 20, 2004, 9:45 AM ET
By Chad Ford | ESPN Insider
After hinting all summer that he wanted out of Toronto, Vince Carter finally went public with his trade demand last week.

"It's time for the truth: I want to be traded, I'm ready to be traded," Carter said on Thursday. "First and foremost, this has nothing to do with the fans or the city, it's just time for me to look after me."

In that opening statement you can learn just about everything you need to know about Carter.

Carter believes that his career will be resurrected if he's traded from Toronto. That's unlikely and other GMs around the league know it. Sources around the league claim that the Raptors have explored trading Carter ever since new GM Rob Babcock took over -- but the team has received little interest from teams around the league.

Chad Ford

ESPN Senior Writer