Suns mega trade brings Vince Carter to Phoenix, sends J-Rich to Orlando

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by Catherine Holland

azfamily.com

Posted on December 18, 2010 at 7:04 PM

Updated Saturday, Dec 18 at 8:01 PM

PHOENIX -- There are more changes on the Phoenix Suns roster thanks to a mega trade that brings Jason Richardson's run in a Suns uniform to an end.

The centerpiece of the deal for Suns fans is the arrival of forward Vince Carter. The 34-year-old has had a very good NBA run, making the All-Star team eight times in his 12-year career.

Center Marcin Gortat will also be joining the Suns, along with guard Mickael Pietrus. The Suns will also get a first round draft pick in 2011 and $3 million in cash from Orlando.

At 6 feet 11 inches, Gortat brings some size to the Suns lineup. He could be key in interior defense and rebounding. The 26-year-old is averaging a career high 4.7 rebounds in less than 16 minutes of play.

Pietrus, a seven-year NBA veteran, is a strong perimeter defender and a versatile wing. So far this year, he's shooting 39.1 percent from three-point range, which is a career best.

Saturday's trade sends Richardson, who was the most consistent scorer for the Suns, to Orlando. Richardson was due to become a free agent this summer and the Suns were not of the mindset to sign him to a big contract.

Hedo Turkoglu will also be going to the Magic. The Suns brought him on with a big contract over the summer, but things never quite clicked.

Forward Earl Clark will be going to Orlando, as well.

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