Vince Carter is no stranger to NBA rumors and this year is no exception. As an unrestricted free agent, Carter is going to have the ability to pick his next spot, as just about every team in the NBA would love to have the kind of scoring punch that Carter can still provide. At 37 years old, he showed the world he still has plenty left in the tank, averaging 11.9 points, 3.5 rebounds and 2.6 assists in just 24.4 minutes per game.
According to Tim MacMahon of ESPNDallas.com, there is still a strong desire from both sides to get Carter to re-sign with the Dallas Mavericks, where he’s spent his last three seasons. The deciding factor could be whether Carter wants to be comfortable or if he wants to give himself the best chance to win a championship.
The 8-time All-Star has yet to win a ring, despite being No. 25 on the NBA’s All-Time scoring list, with 23,190 points. Carter has always been a style guy, but people overlook that he’s also brought a lot of substance to the table. Back when he was known as an explosive scorer and dunker, he was still good in a number of different areas. In his last All-Star season (2006-07), Carter averaged 25.2 points, 6.0 rebounds, 4.8 assists and 1.0 steals per game.
To be fair, he’s nowhere close to that guy anymore, but Carter can provide great punch off the bench and is still a guy who’s willing to take (and make) the big shot. Vince shot 39.4 percent from the 3-point line and 82.1 percent from the foul stripe in 2013-14.
If Carter wants to play on a likely playoff team without having to uproot himself from Dallas, he’s got a spot waiting for him with the Mavericks. Much of the free agency period is going to be waiting to see how the dominoes fall, because once the big names find a home, guys like Carter are sure to fill in behind them.
Other teams interested in Carter include the Miami Heat, Oklahoma City Thunder, Portland Trail Blazers and Toronto Raptors.