NBA Rumors: Vince Carter retirement imminent?

NBA Rumors: Vince Carter retirement imminent?

Vince Carter and the Memphis Grizzlies’ season ended on Sunday after the San Antonio Spurs completed a four-game sweep of their first-round matchup. There are a lot of questions for the Grizzlies heading into the offseason, but let us focus on the man they used to call “Vinsanity.”

According to the latest NBA rumors, Carter has three options to choose from regarding his future. Of course, the first will be retirement as he’s already 39 years old. However, he has made it clear in the past that he would like to have a 20-year career in the NBA.

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“I plan on coming back. I just go year to year at this point. I don’t put a timetable on it. I don’t want to say two years and then everybody says ‘Well this is it, right?’ But 20 years would be cool,” Carter told the Commercial Appeal last February.

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The eight-time All-Star’s stand on his retirement was the same after the Grizzlies’ exit on Sunday. He spoke about his future in the postgame press conference via NBA TV.

“When I don’t feel like training or lose the passion and love for the game, then it’s time to walk away. I still have it. It still bothers me to lose games and not play well,” Carter said.

Another option for the 1999 Rookie of the Year is to stay with the Grizzlies where he will earn $4.2 million but only $2 million of that is guaranteed. At this stage of his career, he doesn’t have much anything to offer but leadership and experience.

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Carter could also ask for his release and hoped that a contender would sign him. “Vinsanity” has been in the league for 18 years since being drafted fifth overall by the Golden State Warriors in the 1998 NBA Draft.

The UNC product was immediately traded to the Toronto Raptors where he played for six and half seasons before getting dealt to the New Jersey Nets. He has also played for the New Jersey Nets, Orlando Magic, Phoenix Suns and Dallas Mavericks.

The 39-year-old Carter is an eight-time All-Star, a two-time All-NBA teamer and was best known for winning the 2000 Slam Dunk Contest. He is also one of the few remaining superstars still playing from the era that also include Kevin Garnett, Dirk Nowitzki, Tim Duncan and Paul Pierce.

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