RUMOR: Vince Carter returning to Hawks considered a long shot
Veteran free agent forward Vince Carter is still unclaimed this offseason as most recently the Atlanta Hawk player decides between returning for a 22nd NBA season or finally hanging up sneakers and retiring.
The 42-year-old wing made his mark on the league for his high-flying dunks and tenure with the Toronto Raptors and New Jersey Nets before finding later-career playing time with the Dallas Mavericks, Memphis Grizzlies, and Sacramento Kings.
Carter played the 2018-19 season with the young Hawks, offering veteran mentorship to a team leaning into early-20s players like point guard Trae Young and big man John Collins. Carter appeared in 76 games for Atlanta, averaging 7.4 points, 2.6 rebounds, and 1.1 assists in 17.5 minutes per game, shooting 41.9% from the field, 38.9% from deep, and 71.2% from the free throw line.
Per Chris Vivlamore in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, it’s a “long shot” to bring back the 6-foot-6 Carter.
However, Vivlamore adds there have been “discussions” between the Hawks organization and Carter’s camp, but Atlanta will be looking to bring in a veteran will less of a playing-time demand than Carter has.
Carter was selected with the fifth overall pick in the first round of the 1998 NBA Draft by the Golden State Warriors who immediately traded the University of North Carolina product to the Toronto Raptors for college teammate Antawn Jamison. Carter entered the draft after three years as a Tar Heel and spent six-plus years with the Canadian franchise.
Carter is an eight-time All-Star, former Rookie of the Year, and has appeared in 11 separate playoffs.