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ATLANTA (CNNSI.com) -- The Toronto Raptors are in discussions with the Cleveland Cavaliers about a trade that would send Vince Carter to Cleveland for Zydrunas Ilgauskas and Darius Miles, according to Saturday's Toronto Sun.
According to the report, the Raptors have grown frustrated with Carter's work ethic in rehabbing from knee injuries over the past year and his lethargy in practices. Carter reportedly is unhappy in Toronto and would welcome the change of scenery.
In Cleveland, he would provide a draw at the gate for a last-place team that has had trouble attracting fans.
Ilgauskas would fill the Raptors' current void at the center position, while Miles would provide a dose of athleticism for their weak bench.
Carter has played in only 10 games this season, and last year the Raptors made the playoffs with a 13-game winning streak after he went out for the season with a knee inury. However, he remains immensely popular, leading all players in the Eastern Conference in All-Star balloting despite his prolonged absence.
Vince Carter's name is being linked with a trade rumour involving Darius Miles and Zydrunas Ilgauskas of the Cleveland Cavaliers.
It is not known how serious the Raptors are in trading Carter, but an uneasiness exists between Vinsanity and the franchise.
According to various sources, Carter, who missed his 10th consecutive game last night because of a knee injury, isn't happy in Toronto and would not object to a move.
The Raptors are not necessarily enthralled with Carter either.
While no one would dare go public, players and members of the team's basketball staff believe Carter has not worked hard enough during his rehab and has not practised hard when he was healthy.
Around the NBA, Carter has earned a reputation for being soft and playing with no heart.
The Raptors also have been criticized for coddling Carter.
Carter did not accompany the Raptors, who have dropped four in a row to fall to 8-20 heading into last night's game against the Golden State Warriors, on their five-game trip. He has appeared in only 10 games this season.
Made playoffs without him
The Raptors regrouped from a horrific 13-game losing streak last season and qualified for the post-season without Carter.
At first glance, a Carter for Ilgauskas and Miles swap makes sense.
The Cavs basically have given up on the year and could use a box-office attraction such as Carter to fill the many empty seats at the Gund Arena. Coincidentally, Carter is represented by IMG, which is based in Cleveland.
While both Ilgauskas and Miles have battled injuries, each brings a dimension the Raptors sorely lack.
Ilgauskas is a legitimate centre and when his game is on there aren't many centres better in the Eastern Conference.
Miles is an emerging star who is young and extremely athletic.
By FRANK ZICARELLI -- Toronto Sun