Vince Carter is a 19-year veteran of the NBA at the age of 40, but the grizzled free agent still has a burning passion to play, and play a lot.
During a Summer League broadcast, Carter spoke about his future. He said he has no intention of chasing a ring for the sake of chasing a ring, meaning he has no interest in sitting at the end of a bench to achieve a championship.
Instead, Carter made it clear he’s just waiting out the initial wave of free agency action (more on all that here) to see where he will fit in.
— NBA TV (@NBATV) July 2, 2017
These comment somewhat clash with other recent comments in which Carter said he would take less money to play for the Golden State Warriors. That’s probably a moot point, however, now that Andre Iguodala has re-signed with the Warriors.
Carter also revealed he wants to play two more years in the NBA. After that, he said he might be inclined to be a bench warmer for a championship-caliber team, if he was asked to play such a role.
But at this time the only thing on Carter’s mind is making meaningful contributions on the court. It’s worth pointing out he’s still capable of producing at a high level. Last season, Carter averaged 8.0 points and 3.1 rebounds per game while shooting at a 38 percent mark from three-point range for the Memphis Grizzlies.
Not bad for a guy who was already making huge plays in the NBA before some of its new young stars weren’t even out of diapers yet.