The latest buzz: Vince for Baron

STEVE BUFFERY -- Toronto Sun

, Last Updated: 6:54 AM ET

The one trade rumour that won't go away has Vince Carter going to the New Orleans Hornets for Baron Davis. Nothing, of course, is official, but NBA websites and chat lines are full of articles suggesting that trading Carter for Davis is one deal that could be made.

Carter wants out of Toronto and Davis is reportedly unhappy in the Big Easy.

Salary-wise, the two make roughly the same money and both are signed to long-term deals. Carter will pull in $12.6 million US this season and Davis $11.3 million

Davis, 25, has become one of the NBA's top point guards and led the league in steals (2.36 per game), while averaging 22.9 points and 7.5 assists in New Orleans last season.

The knock against Davis, and perhaps a stumbling block in his being traded to Toronto, is that he has a history of injuries, his conditioning is sometimes a concern and he also is known to criticize his coaches.

Carter's reputation as a soft player and a highlight-reel star who has never effectively taken on a leadership role with the Raptors has lowered his value.

One other stumbling block: Carter wants to be dealt to a Eastern Conference team and Davis reportedly wants to remain in the West.

Another trade that is being bandied about would involve a six-player swap between the Raptors and Hornets. For Carter, Donyell Marshall and Jerome Moiso, the Raptors would get Toronto native Jamaal Magloire, small forward Jamal Mashburn and shooting guard David Wesley -- a trade that likely would work under the current salary cap rules.

Acquiring Magloire would be a coup for the Raps but it's very unlikely the Hornets would part with the 6-foot-11, 260-pound centre. He averaged 9.4 points and 10.3 rebounds last season and made the all-star team.

Another possible swap making the rounds -- still -- is Ray Allen moving from the Seattle SuperSonics for Carter. The two are close in age and ability. On the downside, Allen becomes an unrestricted free agent next summer and is looking for a long-term deal in the five-year, $100 million range.

The Minnesota Timberwolves would reportedly consider sending small forward Wally Szczerbiak and 7-foot centre Michael Olowokandi for Carter -- a deal that would make some sense on both fronts.

Raptors GM Rob Babcock said yesterday there is no movement involving Carter, who has asked for a trade.


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