Four-year veteran joins defending champs

The San Antonio Spurs have signed Miami Heat free-agent guard Anthony Carter, the team announced Wednesday.

He signed a two-year deal for the league minimum, which is around $1.5 million, ESPN has learned. Carter holds an option for the second season.

"Anthony Carter is a proven NBA player who has experience as both a starter and a reserve," said Spurs General Manager R.C. Buford in a statement released by the club. "He is a good defensive player and will fit well into our system."

The 6-2, 195-pound Carter has spent his entire four-year NBA career with the Miami Heat. A mixup in his agent's office caused Carter to miss the deadline to exercise a $4.1 million player option on his Miami contract, making him a free agent.

Last season Carter averaged 4.1 points and 4.1 rebounds in 18.6 minutes in 49 games. In 26 games as a starter, he averaged 5.3 points, 5.4 assists and 1.1 steals in 23.8 minutes.

"This is a fresh start for me and a great honor to play for the defending World Champions," said Carter. "It will be a tremendous challenge to return to championship form, but it is a challenge I think we will be up to."

An undrafted free agent coming out of the University of Hawaii, Carter spent the 1998-99 season with the Yakima Sun Kings of the Continental Basketball Association. He signed with the Heat on Aug. 6, 1999.

Also, the Spurs announced the signing of free agent guard Devin Brown. Brown signed two 10-day contracts with San Antonio last season, but was not retained. He appeared in seven games with the Spurs.

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.