Returning for his 21st season in the NBA, future Hall of Famer Vince Carter will be donning an Atlanta Hawks uniform.
According to Adrian Wojnarowski, Carter and the Hawks agreed upon a one-year, 2.4 million veteran minimum.
By no means are the Hawks a contending team, even with LeBron making his departure from the Eastern Conference for sunny Los Angeles.
Turning 42 in January, the Hawks are aware that Carter is far from the high statistical producer that he once was so they will look for him to contribute in other facets of their team.
Carter will be a major component for the growth of the team, serving the same role he did during his time with the Sacramento Kings last season. His transition from superstar to contributing role player is something all young players should take note of.
Even some of the older players as well, I’m looking at you, Carmelo.
Vince is one of three active players in the NBA to have played in the 1990s, alongside Dallas star Dirk Nowitzki and Milwaukee Bucks guard Jason Terry.
Vince has been a consummate professional throughout his entire career, from “Half Man Half Amazing” to Uncle Carter his knowledge of the game and life outside of basketball. Rookie Trae Young and second-year forward John Collins will surely pick Carter’s brain, especially Collins with his freakish athleticism.
One player who must make sure to listen and learn is forward Taurean Prince. The Baylor product was a positive surprise for the Hawks in their down season, doubling his totals in; point scored, rebounds, assists, steals, three-pointers made and blocks.
Not to mention he started all 82 games for the Hawks, flashing some potential as a 3-and-D player during various points of the season. Look for Prince to continue his positive production.
Carter will teach these young Hawks the importance of having a connected lockerroom and putting the team first before anything else. The man can attest to both as he never chased a ring and always maximized his role, Atlanta should be ecstatic for their young guy’s development with Carter in the fold.
Perhaps this is the end of Carter’s career, but the beginning of his coaching career.
In the meantime enjoy this video of Vince Carter massacring the rim: