Vince Carter has flirted with retirement before, but it sounds like he’s ready to make a commitment this time.
The 42-year-old NBA legend, appearing on ESPN’s The Jump Wednesday, said the plan is for the 2019-20 campaign to be his last. It will be his 22nd season in the NBA.
“I’ve got one more in me,” Carter said on a panel with host Rachel Nichols and former NBA journeyman Stephen Jackson. “One more run.”
Now, before anyone starts planning a farewell tour, Carter has made advanced plans to retire in the past, only to then extend his career. That said, he sounds serious this time.
Vinsanity first burst onto the scene with the Toronto Raptors in 1998-99, winning Rookie of the Year. There, he and Tracy McGrady formed one of the deadliest one-two punches in NBA history, though it was shortlived once the latter was dealt to the Orland Magic prior to the 2000-01 season. Both future Hall of Famers, Carter rose to stardom north of the border before a falling out in Toronto led to him being traded to the Nets during the 2004-05 season. Carter played another four seaons in New Jersey, where he enjoyed the remainder of his prime.
A superstar during his first two stops in the NBA, Carter evolved into an integral role player after that, making stops in Orlando, Phoenix, Dallas, Memphis and Sacramento. He spent the 2018-19 season with Atlanta after signing a one-year deal with the Hawks last offseason.
Now an impending free agent once again, Carter could look to go to a team that will provide him a chance at his first NBA championship. However, he has also said that he wouldn’t mind remaining in Atlanta.
“I would like to,” he said of staying with the Hawks in April, according to the Atlanta-Journal Constitution. “We’ll see what happens.”
Regardless of where he decides to wrap up his NBA career, Carter will be remembered as one of the most entertaining players to grace the hardwood. A dunk contest champion back when it mattered, eight-time All-Star and gold medalist, few have enjoyed careers as accomplished and lengthy as Carter’s.