Vince saving money

BILL HARRIS -- Toronto Sun

, Last Updated: 8:47 AM ET

Vince Carter admitted he still feels a bit like a Torontonian on vacation in the New York-New Jersey area.

"Somewhat -- I just know my way around," said Carter, who was traded from the Raptors to the New Jersey Nets last December. Carter publicly demanded a trade a couple of weeks before training camp last fall.

Carter and his wife Ellen have not purchased a new condo or house yet.

"It's kind of like an apartment spot that we're living in right now," Carter said. "I don't want to up and buy anything. I have a place in Orlando that still is being built, so I don't want to spend too much.

"I'm putting most of my efforts down there. We're really not in a rush to find something (in New York or New Jersey). It's expensive."

So is Toronto. But no matter where you live, $12.6 million US a year just doesn't go as far as it used to go.

THE BOSH INCIDENT

Carter said he is not surprised at the recent stellar play of Raptors forward Chris Bosh. After Carter left Toronto, Bosh became more of a focal point in the Raptors' offence.

"Of course," Carter said. "(Bosh) has the potential. He definitely is a young talent and he proved it in the sophomores-rookies game (last Friday as part of the all-star weekend in Denver).

"I think he played well enough to get that MVP trophy, but that's what happens when you're in Denver (Carmelo Anthony of the Nuggets won it). I told (Bosh) that when I saw him on Saturday night. Think about where you are.

"If he had been in Toronto, he would have gotten it for sure. Maybe even Dallas (Bosh's home town)."

PLAYERS BOOKED

Members of the Raptors are scheduled to visit Humber Summit Middle School this afternoon as part of the NBA's read-to-achieve program. Hmmm, if Raptors general manager Rob Babcock makes a trade or two this morning, how many Raptors actually will be left to see the kiddies?


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