It is not official yet, but it seems like we have some good news in store. The 42-year old veteran Vince Carter seems to not be ready to call it quits after this season.
The Hawks veteran forward is playing in his record-breaking 21st season in the NBA, and as it seems he will be here for his 22nd season.
This is what Carter said on ESPN’s Pardon The Interruption on Thursday:
“I think I could stretch it out one more. At the end of the year, I usually assess from top to bottom to see how I’m feeling. And obviously, opportunity, when the phone call rings and teams show interest, that’s a good thing.”
“Me personally, I think I could give it another year so why not?” Carter added. “We’ll see what happens.”
A lot of people around the league thought this would be the finals season for Carter, but he has shown that he still has enough love for the game and skill to hang with all the young guns in the NBA.
The fifth overall pick in the 1998 Draft has had a hell of a career, known most for his days in Toronto and New Jersey and is a lock for the Hall of Fame with his 8 All-Star nods, a Rooke of the year award, a Slam Dunk Championship trophy and an Olympic Gold medal, with only an NBA Championship missing in his resume.
He has been a journeyman the past three seasons, but all in non-contending teams, as a lot of people wondered why he didn’t join a better team to finally get that ring. In a statement from 2018 Vince explained it from his point of view:
“I come from an era where that’s not how it was. So that’s still instilled in me. And I don’t have any problem with how it’s done now. [It’s] just not for me.”
He has also said before that he wants to finish his career as a Toronto Raptor, so the 2019 free agency will definitely be interesting for Carter.