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Report: Raptors interested in signing Vince Carter in free agency

Mavericks forward Vince Carter is averaging 11 points in his 16th season. (Glenn James/NBAE via Getty Images) Vince Carter averaged 12.6 points in the seven-game series loss to the Spurs. (Glenn James/NBAE via Getty Images)

The Toronto Raptors have been entertaining the idea of bringing Vince Carter back to the team this summer, ESPN.com's Marc Stein reports.

Carter, 37, will be an unrestricted free agent this offseason. He spent the first seven seasons of his NBA career with the Raptors, leading them to the playoffs three times.

For the past three seasons, he has been with the Dallas Mavericks, where he signed a three-year, $9 million deal in 2011.

Carter averaged 11.9 points, 3.5 rebounds and 2.6 assists for the Mavericks in 2013-14.

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Word is that the Raptors have been kicking around the idea of making a free-agent play this summer to try to bring Vince Carter "home" by trying to sign the former face of the franchise away from the Mavericks.

Be advised that Carter has been very happy in Dallas these past three seasons. Very happy. He's emerged as the emotional leader of Dirk Nowitzki's team at this late stage of his career and, by all accounts, wants to re-sign with Dallas.

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