Hold up, wait a minute, y’all thought Vince Carter was finished? According to Yahoo Sports’ Shams Charania, Carter has agreed to a one-year deal with the Atlanta Hawks for the veteran minimum worth $2.4 million. Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN reports that the signing of VC is meant to add vet presence in a young Hawks locker room that includes Trae Young, Omari Spellman, John Collins, Kevin Huerter, and Tyler Dorsey, who are all 22 years old or younger.
Free agent Vince Carter has agreed to a one-year deal with the Atlanta Hawks, league source tells ESPN. Hawks want Carter around its young locker room.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) July 25, 2018
At 41, Carter will make the Hawks the eighth team that he’s played for in the league. His 21st NBA season will match him with Kevin Garnett, Robert Parish, and Kevin Willis, who all hold the record for most seasons ever played in a career. If VC’s goal is to surpass the names on that list by playing in the 2019-20 campaign, he will have to see what happens with someone else who entered in the same 1998 draft as he did: Dirk Nowitzki.
Last season with the Kings, Carter occasionally showed flashes of greatness en route to a campaign where he averaged 5.4 points per game in 17.7 minutes per game. The highlight moment came when he scored 24 points to help defeat the Cleveland Cavaliers last December.
To really drive home the point that Carter has been in the league forever, here’s a fun fact. Of the aforementioned current Hawks players, Huerter and Young were actually BORN after VC was taken with the fifth overall pick. Let that sink in.