NBA star Vince Carter wants to play two more seasons to complete a 20-year season before he even considers retiring from the league.
The 39-year-old Daytona Beach, Florida native told ESPN as transcribed by NBC Sports that he is playing his 19th year in the NBA and plans to close it all down at 20. Carter stated that what keeps him to come back every year is because of his love for the game. He notes that he still has a lot of playing years in him and he will only consider walking away from the sport until his body tells him so.
“When I don’t want to play and don’t want to put the work in, that’s when I step away from the game, but now I still love it. We know No. 19 is definitely going to go down. I’m shooting for 20, and we’ll go from there after that,” Carter said.
If Carter does make it to his 20th season in the NBA, he will be the second guard in the league, aside from Kobe Bryant, to do such milestone. Carter signed a three-year contract with the Memphis Grizzlies worth $12 million and a $2 million guarantee if he is not waived by the team on or before Jan. 1, 2017.
It will be something for the Grizzlies to ponder on as Carter brings a 15% trade kicker. If the Grizzlies do not waive him, Carter goes on to finish his contract and become an unrestricted free agent next year.
Carter, who is in his third year playing for the Grizzles, averages 6.6 points with 0.9 assists and 2.4 rebounds per game. He hopes to bring back his magic on the floor, which was the same magic he had when he helped the Raptors, Nets, and Mavericks breeze through the postseason when he was playing for them.
Carter was originally drafted by the Warriors in the 1998 NBA Draft. He was then traded to the Raptors, wherein he won the Rookie of the Year award and won the Slam Dunk title in 2000. It was also during his time with the Raptors that he played for Team USA in the summer Olympics in Sydney and won the gold medal.
After his stint with the Raptors, Carter was traded to the New Jersey Nets, then to the Dallas Mavericks before settling with the Grizzlies. He is also an eight-time NBA All-Star player and named to the NBA All-Star second and third teams. Carter is not yet done with basketball and hopes to prove his point in the coming season.
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