Minor move as Raptors ready to see Anthony Carter go
The Anthony Carter era with the Raptors lasted less than a season.
The Raptors are going to try to either move the veteran guard in some transaction or release him in the next week and a half, according to a team source.
Carter served his purpose in a 37-game stint with the Raptors, providing some veteran leadership and filling in as an emergency third-string point guard.
But a desire to use even more youth and wanting to let Carter see if he can hook up with a playoff-bound team if he’s eventually released, led to Tuesday’s move.
The source said there was no one moment that precipitated the move – Carter’s missed the last three games with a stomach muscle problem – and that Carter had done what was expected of him in helping “change the culture” around the team.
Nor should the move be seen as a precursor to any other move; the Raptors are still not expected to be big players leading up to the March 15 NBA trade deadline.
However, if they can find a taker for the 36-year-old Carter and get some kind of asset in return, a minor transaction is possible.
The move also gives the Raptors an open roster spot but there was no indication any move was imminent to fill it.