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Vince Carter wants to play two more years. Yes, in the NBA.

May 24, 2011, 4:48 PM EDT

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Vince Carter will be a free agent this summer. Well, unless you think the Suns want to pay $18.3 million a year next year for a 35-year-old who gave them 13.5 points per game on 42.2 percent shooting.

But Carter isn’t done. Or doesn’t want to be.

He tells the Orlando Sentinel he wants to play 15 years in the league, which would be two more after this one.

“I’ve never been a person to put a cap on my ability or my career. I’m just gonna play it as it goes,” Vince Carter said. “I still plan on playing 15 years, that’s been my goal since Day 1 and I’m gonna try to accomplish that.”

It would be easy to just make a bunch of jokes at Carter’s expense here, but that would not be fair for a couple of reasons. One, he was once one of the best and most dynamic players in the game.

The second thing is Carter has not been a bad player the last couple years, the problem is the expectations. Fans, team officials still seem to expect the Vince Carter circa 2005 who can take over games and be a key cog thanks to his athleticism. That guy is gone.

But Vince Carter the guy off the bench who can give you 15 solid veteran minutes a night? That guy is alive and well if he can accept the role. Carter had a PER of 14.8 two seasons ago and 14.2 last season after he was traded to the Suns, basically just a hair below the league average. Look at his shooting percentages and everything else and you see the same. He’s not a lock down defender, but off the bench he can play a scoring role. If he can accept that role, he can be a useful guy off the bench for a good team. He can hit the three, he can make some smart plays.

He can play another two years. He should. Just don’t expect Carter circa 2005.

  1. steelyres211 - May 24, 2011 at 5:47 PM

    He’ll always be “Half-man, half-a-season” to me.

  2. jizzojames - May 24, 2011 at 6:15 PM

    And who are you again? Vince can still play, and I agree he should. If you look at the league now, its more to winning than Big 3’s, and MVP’s. Teams that win often have solid contributers off the bench. Vince can be just that if he is willing to accept the role.

  3. edmazeing1 - May 24, 2011 at 6:27 PM

    Ill take him on the spurs over R.J any day!!!

  4. zrbk - May 24, 2011 at 7:06 PM

    Carter circa 2005 was actually already changing his role from a dynamic dunker to an all-around scorer. He may not be Half Man Half Amazing anymore, but a team like the Grizzlies or Thunders certainly could use his experience and scoring ability to push the team to the next level. At this point of his career, he is more valuable than his cousin.

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