Atlanta Hawks swingman Vince Carter was a guest on rapper T.I.’s podcast recently. During the interview, VC spoke about why he has never been interested in “ring chasing.” Carter, who is retiring from the NBA after the 2019-20 season, said he never wanted to sell his soul just for a championship ring (h/t Timothy Rapp of Bleacher Report): “I’m not gonna quote-unquote sell my soul to get [a ring]. What I mean by that is, I feel like at this age—being 43 on the court and still being able to compete and play and do what I can do on the court. … My thing is that if I go to another team out there that’s primed and ready to win a championship, it’s not guaranteed that I’m going to play, play a lot,” the Hawks veteran said. “And I can’t handle that, brother. I love the game too much to just sit there and use my voice but can’t use my skill on the court.”
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Chris Kirschner: The Hawks have officially announced the Vince Carter re-signing. Carter will play his final season in Atlanta.
Marc J. Spears: The Hawks announce the signing of 42-year-old Vince Carter for his final season in the #NBA. When Carter appears in his first game in 2020, he will become the first NBA player to play in a game in four decades.
Carter will play an NBA-record 22nd season, where he will spend a second straight year mentoring one of the NBA’s youngest rosters, which includes seven players under 23 years old. Carter will pass Dirk Nowitzki, Kevin Garnett, Kevin Willis and Robert Parish, all of whom played 21 NBA seasons.
Adrian Wojnarowski: Free agent Vince Carter has agreed to a deal to return to the Atlanta Hawks, league source tells ESPN.
Bobby Marks: The 42-year old Carter rejoins an Atlanta team that entered today as the youngest team in the NBA. Before the addition, 7 out of the 14 players on the roster were 23 or younger.
Two sources with the Hawks said Thursday that the team would welcome Carter back if that’s what he chooses to do, but both sources were unsure where Carter stood on a possible return with the Hawks and if he’ll find the perfect situation for him this offseason.
Chris Kirschner: Vince Carter on the latest in his free agency process: “Hopefully in the coming days we’ll have something figured out.”
Vince Carter is one of the best Toronto Raptors of all time. The legend has played 21 successful seasons in the league and is currently a free agent. Carter spoke on the possibility of returning to where his career started and bringing his legacy full circle: “It would be a cool situation,” Carter said. “It’s all about if the situation works, if that’s something Toronto wants to do — obviously, the fans kinda want that to happen — but it has to be something the organization wants and feels they need my services.”
Future Hall of Famer Vince Carter plans on playing one more season in the NBA, but he doesn’t have a team yet. “We are still working on it,” Carter told The Post in a conference room at the NBA’s Midtown offices following a sitdown he had with commissioner Adam Silver. “In the pecking order, I know where I fall.”
What hasn’t been his thing is trying to hook up with a team just to pick up a ring. “Not my thing,” Carter. Why? “Just not my thing,” Carter said. “I prefer to play because I know I can compete at that level. That’s what I enjoy.”
Carter has the knowledge and the smile, but for him to eventually cut through and be a star, he will have to be willing to be critical to be truly incisive. “I wouldn’t go (the) Stephen A. (Smith) route,” Carter said, bringing up the omnipresent, outspoken ESPN personality. “I wouldn’t go the quiet route. … I want to explain the game where you are watching it and say: Ah, that makes sense.”
Chris Vivlamore: Still remains a long shot Hawks bring back Vince Carter. There have been discussions. Hawks will likely add a veteran but don’t want to take time away from young players. Carter likely looking for bigger role than Hawks have.
Rachel Nichols: What’s it like for @MrVinceCarter15 to go through free agency this summer? On #TheJump today he told us that he’s waiting for Kawhi like the rest of us, but here’s what he knows for sure – he wants to go somewhere he can still play decent minutes.
As of Wednesday, the Knicks still held $4 million of cap space and then a $4.8 room exception. They had only one spot left, though, on their 15-man roster. Lance Thomas is the favorite, as The Post reported, to fill the final spot. Vince Carter has also been mentioned. The Knicks could sign two players and cut one after a training camp battle.
Vince Carter, 42, has said that he plans to play one more season and then will retire. Could those plans include signing with the Knicks this summer? Carter has spoken highly of Knicks head coach David Fizdale, and gave signing with New York serious consideration last summer, per SNY sources. Carter chose to sign with the young Hawks instead.
Josh Lewenberg: Masai, asked if they have interest in signing Vince Carter: “Let me deal with the No. 1 free agent first, the big one, then we’ll deal with the rest.” “There’s a place for him here in history, there’s no doubt about that. There’s nobody that’s going to stop that.”
Impending free agent Vince Carter, 42, who announced he will play one more season, would consider the Heat in free agency if Miami is interested, we’re told. He averaged 7.4 points on 42 percent shooting last season. Carter would be among a couple dozen free agent possibilities to fill the Dwyane Wade role. Another name, among others, to keep in mind: Free agent Mario Hezonja.
Vince Carter left nothing to uncertainty this time when asked about playing a record 22nd NBA season. “I’m coming back,” Carter said on the Winging It podcast he does with Hawks teammate Kent Bazemore that posted Tuesday morning.
Chris Kirschner: John Collins on if he wants Vince Carter to return next season: “Hell yes.” Carter helped Collins a lot this season on and off the court.
Carter told Fox Sports Southeast that he is still ready to play in the 2019-20 NBA season. He also added that he is remaining hopeful that a team will express interest in his service next season. “It’s something that I want to do,” Carter said of playing one more season. “I could still give it another year, and hopefully there’s a team out there that wants my service. I’m going to prepare as if I am coming back, and we’ll go from there. I do want to play another year.”
I know you haven’t decided whether you’re going to play or not next season, but have you ever thought about signing a one-day contract or something like that to close your career in Toronto? Vince Carter: “It’s possible. I try not to think too far ahead. I just deal with the daily grind and go from there, just looking forward and worrying about that stuff now is too soon for me.”
Tim Reynolds: Vince Carter’s signing with the Hawks became official today. Since he was drafted, there have been 1,888 players in and out of the NBA.
Chris Vivlamore: The Hawks plan to sign Vince Carter tomorrow. Last of the offseason agreements.
The NBA’s oldest player — free-agent forward Vince Carter — has agreed to a one-year, $2.4 million deal with the Atlanta Hawks, league sources told ESPN. Carter, 41, will be starting his 21st season in an NBA career during which he has scored 24,868 points.
Atlanta will now have 15 players on guaranteed contracts with the Vince Carter and Daniel Hamilton signing. Both players will sign for the minimum exception, Carter at $2.4M (with a $1.5M cap hit) and Hamilton at $1.35M. Before the signing today, Carter had earned $170M since entering the league in 1999.
Adrian Wojnarowski: 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.
Michael Scotto: Vince Carter has agreed to a one-year deal with the Atlanta Hawks, league sources told The Athletic.
Shams Charania: Sources: Vince Carter’s deal with the Atlanta Hawks: one-year, $2.4M veteran minimum.
Darren Wolfson: Another FA name to add to the #Twolves very lengthy contact list: Vince Carter. Wolves also reached out on him last summer.
Vince Carter: I plan on coming back next season. I plan on coming back one more season. I’m almost 90 percent sure that’s it after next season. … You kind of go through the season, especially when the end is near and you say, ‘Hey, how do I feel?’ The summertime kind of dictates it all. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, the most important time for the older guys in the league like myself and [Dallas Mavericks star] Dirk [Nowitzki] and I think all the other guys, I could say [San Antonio Spurs forward] Pau [Gasol], then could say that preparing for the season in the summer is probably the hardest thing to do when you’re approaching the last years. I always said I’ll walk away from the game when I’m not willing to put the work in to be prepared for the season. I wouldn’t disrespect the game like that.
Vince Carter: Is Sacramento a possibility? Or how am I looking at free agency. I don’t know. I stay in my lane. I know how it will work and I know teams are going to do what they do, go through the draft, make their trades and cuts and whatnot. Then it’s my time. I just have to wait. I get it. You know what I’m saying? So, I just have to be patient. I have to make sure that I’m prepared to go. And then go from there. It’s just all about timing and what’s the right decision or what makes sense. I’m sure there will be a lot of teams that’ll make moves and have spots available and are going to need something from a guy. Hopefully that I can bring to the table. Yeah, I’ll be ready.
Carter, who is 41 and plans to play another season, whether with the Kings or elsewhere, continues to improvise, sketching out his legacy on the fly, if not necessarily in the air. In the closing weeks of his 24th season, he is committed to passing along his most valuable lessons to his young teammates, not the least of which is cautioning De’Aaron Fox and Frank Mason III against unnecessarily “reckless” drives to the basket that threaten to shorten their careers.
What makes Vince run? That $8 million salary ranks right up there, undoubtedly. But so does his unwavering passion for the game, the familiar comforts and challenges of the locker room, and the simple reality that he has plans, perhaps as an NBA owner, yet none that he is fully prepared to pursue. “I’m not going to sit here and deny that I want to play more,” said Carter, who is averaging 17.7 minutes. “Things changed. We aren’t winning and the younger guys need to get better. I get that, but at the same time, I try to make the best of it. That way if it doesn’t work out here, I can still play on another team, maybe a contending team, in a lesser role.”
Michael Grange on Vince Carter possibility returning to Toronto: “I wrote the other day that Vince Carter is someone who they’ve discussed internally and I think that’s cool for a number of reasons. But if you look at Vince’s numbers, as long as he has three days off [between games], he’s really good… Bringing back Vince could be something that happens next year just as more of a ceremonial thing, where they sign him to a one-day contract and he retires in a Raptors jersey. I think that’s more likely what ends up happening.”
Anything seems possible now, even the return of Mr. Vince Carter in what would be the narrative to crush all narratives if – and we stress if – it was to actually happen. Carter has been discussed internally by the Raptors, according to multiple sources, but only as one option among several.
Adding Carter, or any other veteran likely to be waived or bought out in the coming weeks, is the only remaining option the Raptors have if they want to upgrade their roster after making no significant moves leading up to Thursday’s 3 p.m. ET trade deadline.
Marc J. Spears: “I still say one more year. That is just how I’ve been feeling. It is what it is. One more. I’d like to play one more year. Then, I’d probably just walk away,” @Vince Carter bit.ly/2DAuq4h
Michael Grange: Vince Carter on the possibility of Raptors return: “It’ll happen, I’m sure. Somehow. Whether it’s one day or something. It will happen. It’s supposed to happen, I think.”
James Ham: Last, but not least, the Sacramento Kings officially announce the signing of Vince Carter.
Adrian Wojnarowski: Free agent Vince Carter has agreed to a one-year, $8M deal with Sacramento, agents Kurt Schoeppler and Jim Tanner tell ESPN.
As the bulk of the Kings prepares for the summer, management was still sifting through free agents, meeting with veteran Vince Carter, league sources told The Bee. The Kings have yet to land a commitment from a free agent besides Bogdan Bogdanovic, whose draft rights they held.
On the NBA TV broadcast, Carter said he wants to play during the 2017-18 season and perhaps play in 2018-19. He also reiterated that desire in an interview with the Orlando Sentinel. “I still think I can play and compete and play at a high level,” Carter said. “So I’m going to go for it.”
Asked specifically if he would consider joining the Magic, he would not rule out the possibility. The Magic need to add depth on the wings, and they would benefit from adding a highly respected veteran who could provide a positive example to their young nucleus. “[Free agency] just started, so I’m just kind of weighing options and seeing what teams have to say,” Carter said.
Chris Haynes: 8-time All-Star Vince Carter is scheduled to take a meeting with the Sacramento Kings on Monday, league sources tell ESPN.
ESPN’s Rachel Nichols asked Carter if he would be willing to take less money to be part of an organization like the Warriors. Here is what Carter said: I’m open for it. I want to win. I want to play. Somewhat what Kevin Durant did, I want to do for my team. I want to go out there and play and provide and show that I can still play this game. It’s a lot going into it. I’m just one to just go to a team and ride the coat tail. You could say how old I am or whatever but I’ve proved I can still play in this league. I don’t want to go sit on the bench.
Carter will be a free agent this summer. “I said to myself ‘I want to play 15 years’. I don’t know where I got that from. And the I got to 15 years and I kept going. I never capped it, but at the same time I’ve had a lot of players remind me of things I’ve said,” said Carter about how he kept telling fellow players he would retire after two more years. “I’m still saying ‘two more years and I’m done.’
Playing 20 seasons became the goal once he blasted through his initial goal of 15 after being drafted fifth overall in 1998, but he’s not necessarily looking to stop on a number that only five other NBA players have reached. “It scares me. I cannot put myself on the other side of the fence. I can’t put me out of the NBA yet,” Carter told The Vertical. “We’re just going to go for it, until the doors close and there are no more opportunities. That’s kind of where I am. If 21 [seasons] were available, the old guy will still be around.”
“I’m still standing. I’m still competing, playing at this level, doing what I need to do to still be here. I still have a burning desire to compete and be around,” Carter told The Vertical. “I don’t expect anything. I’m going to work for it, like I’ve done my entire career. I’m going to prove that I deserve to play the minutes that I’m playing. I’m going to prove to you that I deserve to still be in this league. That’s kind of been my drive. Humbling myself and staying hungry for the opportunity to still be around. That’s what it is. I don’t come in like, ‘You know what I’ve done? I deserve to be here.’ Nah, I don’t see it that way.”
“That’s what you’re here for. That was the goal, Day One. One day I’m going to get that chance. I still say that today. One day, I’m going to get that chance. I think it’s just all about opportunity. If it’s meant to be, it’ll happen – whether I’m here next year, or somewhere else that’s a contender. I’m not saying, ‘OK, I need to be here for it to happen.’ Because it’s not guaranteed anywhere,” Carter told The Vertical. “Your life has already been planned out the way it’s supposed to go and we’re just putting the pieces together that have been put together. So yes, that is the ultimate goal. I would love to hold up that trophy. I would love to be in that situation. Not at the expense of … and I could fill in the blanks with a lot of things. I won’t sell my soul. Wherever that is, or with whoever it is, I will be prepared to do whatever it takes to help that team.”
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Shams Charania: Free agent center Enes Kanter has agreed to a one-year deal with the Boston Celtics, sources tell @TheAthletic @Stadium. Kanter returns to Boston to compete in the Eastern Conference title race.
Even having been cast aside, Dragic adores the Heat, sources said. Serious veterans appreciate Riley’s commitment to winning. “We never once spoke about Miami as a city,” Butler’s agent, Bernie Lee, told me last year in explaining Butler’s desire to be there. “Obviously it’s an amazing place with amazing people, but Jimmy wasn’t going there for the beach. Since he’s gotten there, I think we have gone out to eat less than 10 times and one of them was the Super Bowl. We didn’t even talk about the tax advantages. The only questions he asked were of the background of the people involved and how they would build out the team.”
The Heat had talks with Bobby Portis, sources said, and the Portis-Adebayo frontcourt would have offered an intriguing combination of shooting and size. Portis would have been Miami’s new and probably superior version of Meyers Leonard and Olynyk — center-ish bigs the Heat paired with Adebayo (another center) because Adebayo can defend anyone, allowing Spoelstra to hide weaker tag-team partners.
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Spencer Dinwiddie: I think what we learned through NBA Top Shot, NFTs and the NBA as a whole is that there is definitely a market for collectibles in sports — just like baseball cards. It’s been that way through the dawn of time in that space because of verified scarcity. With the NFT boom and collapse, we also learned that just like anything else, you can’t overdo it. It has to be something we as a fan base and consumers genuinely think is valuable and have thought is valuable. If you just strap an NFT to a leaf that fell off a tree, during the boom, that’s cool. But there is no market for that. That’s what I’m most excited about for Calaxy. When these things look like apples to apples, it becomes a market and that’s tradeable. It’s not going to be like the NFT experience of this past spring where everybody tried to do a one-off art collab but there was no real market that was able to standardize these things and allow them to really pair up value to see what happened.