Mavs’ talks with Carter ‘trending well’

The Mavericks are increasingly optimistic that they’ll reach a deal with Vince Carter for him to return to Dallas.

“Things are trending well,” a source said of the Mavs’ negotiations with the 37-year-old sixth man.

Carter has been one of the NBA’s best veteran bargains while making an average of a little more than $3 million during his three seasons in Dallas. He received interest from teams such as the Miami Heat, Oklahoma City Thunder and Toronto Raptors in free agency, but Carter’s hope has always been to re-sign with the Mavs for a raise.

The contract for Carter is likely to be for one or two years in the range between his $3.3 million salary last season and the $5.3 midlevel exception.

Carter, who is considered a leader in the Mavs’ locker room, averaged 11.9 points, 3.5 rebounds and 2.6 assists while shooting 39.4 percent from 3-point range. His perimeter shooting is especially valuable to the Mavs after they gave up 3-point marksman Jose Calderon in the Tyson Chandler trade.

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