Vince Carter has made a transition that few players do, evolving from former All-NBA, dynamic scorer, dunk contest winner, and team leader in his prime to a solid veteran willing to play a smaller role at age 40. The Kings wanted that kind of leadership in their locker room and signed Carter to a one-year, $8 million deal this summer.
It’s not clear how much longer he will play after that. When he does retire, could he come back to Toronto to see his jersey in the rafters? Raptors president Masai Ujuri hinted at that.
The Raptors are one of two teams with no retired numbers (the Clippers are the other).
Carter spent six-and-a-half seasons in Toronto, where he averaged 23.4 points per game, was a five-time All-Star and a highlight factory — we all remember him in the dunk contest in that purple Raptors jersey — but the ending was not pretty. Toronto fans have moved on, and it would be great to see Carter’s jersey hanging above the court in Toronto.