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Vince Carter agrees to 1-year deal with Hawks

Vince Carter may be 41 years old, but he still has a job in the NBA.

Carter has agreed to a one-year deal with the Atlanta Hawks, according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski.

Shams Charania says the deal is for the veterans minimum at $2.4 million.

The Hawks are a rebuilding team that finished with the worst record in the Eastern Conference last season. Former head coach Mike Budenholzer didn’t even want to stick around for the rebuild, so it says a lot about Carter’s patience and desire to remain in the NBA that he was willing to sign with Atlanta.

Carter spent last season with the Kings, averaging 5.4 points in 17.7 minutes per game.

Vince Carter expresses regret over play that injured Patrick McCaw

Vince Carter was responsible for the play that resulted in Golden State Warriors guard Patrick McCaw being stretchered off the court, and many have criticized Carter for the dirty play. However, it seems clear that the 41-year-old veteran did not intend to injure his opponent.

Right after Carter undercut McCaw, Warriors coach Steve Kerr was heard on the television broadcast saying he’s angry with Carter and that “Vince knows better.”

Kerr quickly realized how distraught Carter was and went over to console him. Carter, who was assessed a flagrant foul, was apologetic when speaking with reporters after Golden State’s 112-96 win.

“I just hope he’s OK,” Carter said, as transcribed by Logan Murdock of the San Jose Mercury News. “I play this game because I love it and enjoy it. He has a bright future. You can tell me whatever, it was an accident, I just don’t like to see him sitting there in pain saying he can’t feel his lower half. It doesn’t sit well with me.

“It’s still a young man trying to get his feeling back. That’s my concern, regardless how it happened, accident or all of the things they were telling me, you still want to see him OK.”

Fortunately, reports about McCaw’s health have been encouraging. It’s unclear exactly what injury or injuries he sustained, but the fall looked so bad that any positive updates are a welcome sign.

Ten potential NBA buyout candidates

Derrick Rose

The NBA trade deadline has passed, but we are far from the end of the player movement. It has become normal that a robust buyout market emerges after the deadline, as players who weren’t moved — or were moved to match salaries — are set free to sign with contenders for the minimum. These buyout players are valuable weapons for cap-limited teams in need of more depth.

Who will end up on the buyout market this year? Here are ten potential candidates of varying likelihood.

1) Derrick Rose, Jazz

Derrick Rose was sent to Utah as part of a three-way trade the Cavs made on deadline day. Reports have said he is likely to seek a buyout and receive one from the Jazz. If that happens, the Minnesota Timberwolves have been mentioned as a potential landing spot. He has great familiarity with his former coach Tom Thibodeau and ex-teammate Jimmy Butler, and is said to have interest in a reunion.

2) Joe Johnson, Kings


Vince Carter receives ovation in possibly last game in Toronto (Video)

Raptors fans showed their appreciation of Vince Carter career during what could have been his last game in Toronto as an NBA player.

The Kings made their lone visit of the season to Toronto for a game against the Raptors on Sunday. As expected, the Raptors won the game. Among the talking points afterward was one of the emotional variety.

Vince Carter, who spent the first six seasons of his career with the Raptors, may have said goodbye to Toronto for the final time in an NBA uniform. Late in the fourth quarter, Carter was subbed out of the game and replaced by Buddy Hield. Upon heading to the bench, Carter received a loud ovation from many on hand at Air Canada Centre. Take a look and listen below.

Carter is easily one of the most beloved players in Raptors history. He played a role in the increase in popularity of the NBA in Canada and few who saw it will forget the performance Carter put on during the 2000 Dunk Contest while wearing a Raptors jersey.

Carter played 403 games for the Raptors and is the franchise’s all-time leader in points per game (23.4)

Report: Vince Carter meeting with Kings

Don’t write off Vince Carter as a ring chaser just yet.

ESPN’s Chris Haynes reports on Sunday that the 40-year-old elder statesman is scheduled to meet with the Sacramento Kings on Monday.

Carter, who averaged 8.0 points and 3.1 rebounds per game for the Memphis Grizzlies in 2016-17, will be entering his 20th NBA season. He is still looking for his first career NBA championship, leading to some speculation that he could join the Golden State Warriors. While that may still happen, Carter remains an effective role player, and a sensei role on a Kings team composed primarily of players 23 years old and younger might make sense for him.

Vince carter turns back clock with 360 layup (Video)

Vince Carter jumped in a time machine and went back about 15 years on Wednesday.

Carter is comfortably in the discussion of most athletically gifted players to ever play in the NBA. Early in his career, he captivated fans around the world with his aerial feats. Included in that is his legendary performance during the 2000 slam dunk contest. And, who could forget his dunk over Frédéric Weis during the 2000 Olympics.

These days, Carter is pushing 40 years old (he turns 40 tomorrow) so we don’t get those “wow” moments nearly as often. However, he provided one against the Raptors. Carter went baseline around Terrence Ross and converted a 360 layup, evading Lucas Nogueira in the process. Here are a couple of videos.

Carter can still summon his powers every so often and it will never get old to see when he does.

Vince Carter says he’s not planning to retire


Half Man, Half Bionic?

Eight-time All-Star Vince Carter may pushing 39 years of age, but apparently that’s not stopping him from giving this whole basketball thing at least one more go-around.

After the Grizzlies’ season-ending Game 4 defeat to the San Antonio Spurs on Sunday, Carter quickly shut down speculation that this might be his last game in the NBA.

“I plan on coming back,” Carter said in his postgame press conference per NBA TV. “I feel good. Body feels good.

“I’ll go through the summer. When I don’t feel like training or lose the passion and love for playing, then it’s time to walk away. I still have it. It still bothers me to lose games and not play well, so on and so forth. I’m looking forward to a good summer and getting this whole body in shape to try it again.”

While the high-flying, 20+ point per game-scoring Carter of yesteryear is all but ancient history these days, he has still proven to be a decent rotational wing. Carter averaged 6.6 points per game, 1.9 rebounds per game, and 2.4 assists per game in just 16.8 minutes per game for Memphis this season, establishing himself as one of their more consistent bench contributors.

Carter still has one year and $4.26 million remaining on his current deal with the Grizzlies, and it will be interesting to see how much he has left in the tank for what will be his 19th season in the Association.

Image Credit: Justin Ford-USA TODAY Sports

Vince Carter cries during Raptors’ tribute video

Vince Carter RaptorsVince Carter’s relationship with the city of Toronto may finally be repaired.

Carter was acquired by the Raptors on draft day in 1998, won the Rookie of the Year award, and he made the All-Star team in all but his rookie season with Toronto. Though the team was initially successful and made the playoffs three straight seasons with Carter, Air Canada wasn’t long for the city and wanted out when things started falling apart. He was eventually traded to the Nets, and he was heavily booed every time he returned to play a game in the city. The fans just never forgave him for leaving and for saying he didn’t work as hard as he could have.

Now that he is 38 and close to retirement, it seems like Toronto has finally forgiven Carter for leaving. The Raptors played a tribute video to Vince during Wednesday’s Raptors-Grizzlies game as part of their recognition for the 20th anniversary team. Despite initially booing, the fans eventually gave Carter a standing ovation.

Carter was moved by the fan reaction and tribute, and he even cried. The reception was well deserved, and it’s about time the fans forgave him.

Vince Carter signs with Grizzlies in place of Mike Miller

Vince CarterVince Carter signed a 3-year, $12 million deal with the Memphis Grizzlies, according to a report.

Once the Grizzlies learned that Mike Miller was exploring deals with other teams such as the Cavs, they began pursuing Carter. Miller even tipped the signing with an Instagram post on Friday night indicated the Grizzlies were closing in on a deal with someone else to replace him.

Yahoo!’s Adrian Wojnarowski says the deal is for $12 million, though the final season is partially guaranteed.

The surprise here is the length of the deal; Carter turns 38 next season. However, he still was productive averaging nearly 12 points per game and playing in 81 games last season for Dallas Mavericks. Memphis likely does not plan on having Carter all three years.

Carter had interest in returning to Dallas, but the offer from Memphis was too sweet. Dallas had little money available for Vinsanity after signing Chandler Parsons to a massive offer sheet.

As mentioned, Miller posted a note on Instagram thanking the Grizzlies for his time there last season and saying the Grizzlies informed him they were going in a different direction. It was Miller’s second stint with the franchise.

This will be Carter’s sixth NBA team.

Vince Carter gets call on pathetic flop against Spurs (Video)

The Dallas Mavericks are facing the San Antonio Spurs in the playoffs, so Vince Carter decided to do his best Manu Ginobili impression.

During the fourth quarter of Game 6 between the teams, Kawhi Leonard pushed off on Vinsanity and was called for a foul. Though Leonard did push off, Carter clearly had a delayed overreaction and could get punished by the league for it.

Just look at Vince’s face here:

Vince Carter flop

That’s the kind of play that doesn’t show up in the boxscore, but will be appreciated by the folks over at SAG.