Age is but a number, especially if you are Vince Carter. In what is expected to be his final season in the NBA, the 42-year-old Carter will reportedly spend it with the team he was with last season. ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski reports that Carter has agreed to a deal to return to the Atlanta Hawks next season.
Free agent Vince Carter has agreed to a deal to return to the Atlanta Hawks, league source tells ESPN.
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) August 5, 2019
The ageless wonder that is Carter could have gone on almost any team and he would have continued being one of the most loved players in the league. A return to the Toronto Raptors would have been quite the spectacle in a season following a championship, despite the loss of Kawhi Leonard. Instead, Carter will stay with the upstart Atlanta Hawks and rising point guard Trae Young.
Next season would the 22nd of Carter’s historic career, which is the longest in NBA history. He passes newly-retired Dirk Nowitzki, Kevin Garnett, Kevin Willis, and Robert Parish who all played 21 seasons in the NBA. Vince Carter is the first player to appear in four different decades too, according to ESPN. However, Carter said prior to last season that it would be his last. That tune changed in March 2019 when he told the media that he could no longer envision retiring, and here we are with another year of Vince Carter.