Vince Carter is still without a team despite expressing his desire to play in the NBA for another year. Should the Toronto Raptors bring him back for a victory lap?
An NBA-record 21 seasons in the book but still ready for more, Vince Carter currently finds himself without a team. Making his debut for the Toronto Raptors on February 5, 1999, Half-Man Half-Amazing went on to become the first superstar to make his name north of the border.
Now, heading into his 22 second season in the NBA, Carter wants to do it all again. Even at the tender age of 42. Yet, it’s mid-July and Carter remains a free agent after spending the 2018-19 season with the Atlanta Hawks, the eighth team of his illustrious career.
Carter averaged 7.4 points, 2.6 rebounds, and 1.1 assists per game in 76 contests for the Hawks, primarily coming off the bench for the young and energetic team. His impact isn’t what it once was, but Carter provided solid veteran leadership for one of the youngest squads in the NBA.
When Carter’s impact was at it’s highest, he was an eight-time NBA All-Star as well as a two-time All-NBA selection. It all started in Toronto, too. That’s where he made his mark on the NBA.
Since his less than savory departure back in 2004, the Raptors have gone through several different trials and tribulations, highs and many, many lows. It all came to a head this past season, though. The Raptors won their first Larry O’Brien trophy, defeating the Golden State Warriors 4-2 in their first-ever trip to the NBA Finals.
Chaos ensued. Vince Carter even appeared at the Scotiabank Arena for a potentially series-clinching Game 5. His appearance was met with huge applause, and it raised questions over a potential reunion in the not so distant future.
The Raptors roster is looking near enough filled at this point, but feelings and opinions can change down the road.
If Vince Carter is still a free agent by that point, it begs the question of whether or not the Raptors should bring him back for one final run.
First of all, what would Carter bring to the team?