Currently the NBA’s oldest player at 42 years old, Atlanta Hawks wing Vince Carter says he isn’t ready to let the game go quite yet. Carter has been integral in the development of a budding Hawks roster and seems set on coming back for one more season.
Carter recently appeared on ESPN’s Pardon the Interruption and discussed his playing future. “I think I could stretch it out one more,” Carter told ESPN. “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 can give it another year so why not? We’ll see what happens.”
One of the league’s ageless wonders, it’s been a privilege to watch Vince Carter and his game evolve through the latter portions into his career. Carter came into the league as a raw product with unparalleled athleticism but has since transformed himself into a capable perimeter scorer.
In fact, Carter is enjoying his best season from three-point range, connecting on a 40.9 percent clip from beyond the arc this season. Though Carter averages 7.1 points in only 16.6 minutes per game, his impact off the court in mentoring the Hawks’ younger pieces such as star rookie Trae Young, John Collins and Kevin Huerter is where he makes a true impact.
Carter has played for three teams in the past three seasons, suiting up for the Memphis Grizzlies and the Sacramento Kings prior to this current campaign. VC agreed to a one-year deal with the Hawks last summer. Carter still believes he can provide value and we should expect to see him back on the hardwood next year for his 22nd NBA season if a team takes a chance on him in free agency.