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STEVE BUFFERY and LANCE HORNBY -- Toronto Sun

, Last Updated: 8:00 AM ET

Raptors general manager Rob Babcock talked to new Raptor Alonzo Mourning on Saturday "for an hour" but refused to say whether the former all-star would report to Toronto when he is healthy.

"Those are internal discussions," Babcock said. I don't comment on contracts, I don't comment on trade things or those type of issues."

Mourning was reportedly not thrilled with being traded to Toronto, an obvious non-contender, and is presently in Florida treating various injuries and mulling his future as an NBA player.

Babcock was still insisting yesterday that the deal he made with the Nets was a good one, even if Mourning never plays a minute for Toronto.

"I told Alonzo, do what you need to do, take care of your health, that's the No. 1 thing," Babcock said. "That's what he's doing right and we'll deal with the rest of it as he gets healthy."

There are reports that Babcock may trade Mourning to Miami, and Donyell Marshall to the New Jersey Nets.

VINCE MEETS TEAM

Vince Carter made a good first impression with the Nets -- at least at his first team meeting yesterday morning.

Carter was given a video playbook and introduced to his new teammates, though he knew players such as Richard Jefferson from the 2003 U.S. national team. He packed his belongings from his Toronto home during yesterday's game and later flew to Charlotte with the team.

But the Nets confirmed they won't be rushing him into action, even though players such as Jason Kidd are anxious to start dishing the ball to the high-flying ex-Raptor.

"We'll obviously be very prudent (with his strained left Achilles tendon) because he has been out since Dec. 8 or 9," New Jersey coach Lawrence Frank said. "There's obviously a great deal of tenderness there, which we saw during the examination. We see Vince being here a long time and we're not going to sacrifice his health without the right decisions."


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