北京pk10彩票官网 www.bjn98.com Hawks veteran?Vince Carter plans to return next season as a player with hopes of extending his career to 22 NBA seasons,?he said Thursday night on ESPN’s "Pardon The Interruption."
Carter, who turned 42 in January, will formally evaluate the situation in the summer but made it clear he wants to return for the 2019-20 season, saying:
“I think I could stretch it out one more [year]. At the end of the year, I usually assess from top to bottom to see how I’m feeling. And, obviously, opportunity — when the phone call rings and teams show interest, that’s a good thing.”
Carter, widely considered to be one of the game’s all-time great dunkers, has averaged 7.1 points, 2.5 rebounds and 16.6 minutes per game, shooting 44 percent from the floor and a career-high 41 percent from three-point range on the season. He’s played in 61 of Atlanta’s 66 games.
Carter was selected with the No. 5 pick in the 1998 draft and has made stops with Toronto, New Jersey, Orlando, Phoenix, Dallas, Memphis, Sacramento and Atlanta across his two-decade journey. For comparison’s sake, future Hal of Famer Dwyane Wade?— drafted five years after Carter with a long, storied career of his own — is set to retire at season’s end. The same could be said for veteran Channing Frye,?who was drafted seven years after Carter.
For the Hawks, Carter will reach free agency on July 1. He signed a deal to join the team last summer, using his veteran leadership and experience to help their young group throughout the season.
“Me, personally, I think I could give it another year, so why not?” Carter said.?“We’ll see what happens.”
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