Vince Carter has spent this season toiling in relative anonymity in Sacramento, where he has provided a stabilizing veteran influence on and off the court for one of the league’s youngest teams and had a few moments on it, like dropping 24 on the Cavaliers one night (outscoring LeBron James). He’s been paid a tidy $8 million to do that and has filled the role well, plus provided 5.3 points a game and knocked down some threes in the 57 games he played in.
Carter says he’s not done.
“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 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.
“I just think that after next season it is time. It’s been great … maybe two more years. But, you know, in my mind, I think it’s time for one more. And I think this summer will probably be the toughest summer. Probably just doing what I need to do to be prepared. I know I have to do it to be in the league. When I have to have those conversations with myself, I know it’s getting time.”
Where is he going to play? Well, that ties into how much money he’s willing to suit up for — if he will play for the minimum or close to it a number of teams, some very good ones, would have a roster spot available for him. However, if he expects to be in the $8 million range again his options narrow.
Either way, someone will give him a spot. We’re going to get one more season of Vince Carter.