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Nets deal Carter to Magic for Alston, Lee, Battie

He came in as Vinsanity and went out as a salary dump.

Vince Carter's 41/2-season run in New Jersey ended yesterday as the Nets sent the 32-year-old to Orlando with second-year forward Ryan Anderson in exchange for Rafer Alston, Tony Battie and Courtney Lee.

Carter, going into the third year of a four-year, $61.8-million contract, told The Associated Press, "It's another challenge for me, another chapter in my career. Dwight [Howard] is an All-Star and becoming a superstar. My job will be to make it easier for him."

Alston and Battie are in the final year of their contracts, meaning $16.5 million will come off the Nets' books for the summer of 2010 when the free-agent market is headlined by LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh.

In Lee, the Nets get an explosive young swingman who averaged 8.4 points as a rookie this past season.

Carter, who owns a home in Orlando, averaged 20.8 points last season. "Every player hopes for an opportunity like this, to just once compete for an NBA championship," Carter said. "This is a dream come true for me."

Nets pick Williams. The Nets selected Louisville's Terrence Williams 11th overall. He averaged 12.5 points and 8.6 assists last season as he led Louisville to the Elite Eight. He's known for his pure passing on the court and his eccentricity off it, as he often walked around campus with Barbie backpacks and SpongeBob SquarePants socks.

He said: "If you want to shop, and I love to shop, New York is right across the bridge. I have no complaints about being here in the tri-state area."

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