Atlanta Hawks guard Vince Carter has suggested that he will retire at the end of the upcoming 2018 season. The 41-year-old signed a one-year deal with the Hawks this offseason, thought to be worth around $2.4 million, and is hoping to pursue a career in broadcasting when it finally comes time to hang up his boots.
Vince Carter is widely regarded as one of the legends of the modern game. Over the course of his 20-year career in the NBA, the Florida native has featured for seven different franchises, first establishing himself as one of the league’s most formidable shooting guards during his stint at the Toronto Raptors between 1998 – 2004.
Carter signed a one-year deal with the Atlanta Hawks last month, claiming that he was seeking a new challenge – a challenge that many consider will be his last in the NBA. When the deal was finalised, experts suggested that Carter would take on the role of the elder statesman in a locker room full of young players. There were also rumours that the 41-year-old had his sights set on finally earning a championship ring. According to Carter however, mentoring is best left to the coaches, and chasing championship rings is low on his list of priorities.
“I come from an era where that’s not how it was. So that’s still instilled in me. And I don’t have any problem with how it’s done now. (It’s) just not for me,” said Carter. “It just feels right for me. I probably could have done that anywhere. I still want to play the game, whatever minutes are there, I want (them).”
Carter played a limited role for the Sacramento Kings last season, averaging 5.4 points per game. The 41-year-old was expected to re-join the Raptors for one final season before calling time on his distinguished career; however, fans are more likely to see Carter gracing a TV studio rather than a basketball court after the 2018 season.
“It’s a love. It’s tough to walk away. Obviously when it’s time, it’s time,” he added. “But I’m still passionate about it.”