Vince Carter has no Plans of Retiring, Hoping to Play Next Season
At this point, it’s anyone’s guess as to when Vince Carter will retire.
The Atlanta Hawk veteran stated this weekend that he believes he still has at least another season left in him. The 42-year old forward is currently in his 21st season and spoke out on his future in the NBA on an appearance on ESPN’s Pardon the Interruption.
“I think I could stretch it out one more,” Carter said. “At the end of the year, I assess from top to bottom to see how I’m feeling, and obviously opportunity, when the phone rings and a team shows interest, that’s a good thing. I think I can give it another year so why not? We’ll see what happens.”
While it seems like Carter is considering hanging it up after next season, who can rule out a 23rd season if Carter continues to maintain his level of play. Carter has played in 62 games this season, starting eight times and has averaged 7.2 points on a true shooting percentage of 57.3-percent across 16.7 minutes per game. He recently became this oldest player in league history to score seven three-pointers in a game.
The former Toronto Raptor is the fifth oldest player to step foot on an NBA court. Once Carter plays in his 22nd season, he will surpass Dikembe Mutombo for fourth oldest to ever play an NBA game.
Is a return to the Toronto Raptors a possibility for Carter?
The UNC alum spent his first seven NBA seasons north of the border, turning into one of the game’s most transcendent superstars. Across 21 seasons, Carter has averaged 17.3 points per game and has suited up for eight different teams.
If the NBA is to stick to their honorary All-Star concept, Carter is a shoe in to make his ninth All-Star appearance.