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Vince Carter wants to play a couple more years in NBA

Jul 21, 2011, 2:29 PM EST

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Vince Carter says isn’t done.

That doesn’t mean he has any idea where he is going to land, but he says he has more NBA level basketball in him.

Maybe, but you can be sure he’s going to get paid a lot less to do it. The Suns (who traded for him mid-season) are expected to buy him out after the lockout ends — a $4 million buyout or pay his full $18.9 million to keep him, what would you do? That will make Carter an unrestricted free agent.

So he’s going to sell himself, he told the Daytona Beach News Journal.

“You may not know where, but you have to be ready to play. I still want to play a couple more years,” said Carter, who shows no interest of playing overseas during the lockout, as others have talked about. “I’d rather just wait and see what happens.”

Overseas? The bigger question is this: Is there a team in Europe that would want Vince Carter? His body needs rest more than he needs a small European salary.

There may be some NBA teams willing to bring him in, at age 35 next season he could be a solid backup off the bench, if he will accept that role. He had a PER of 14.8 last season, which is right about at the league average. He shot 36 percent from three last season and when he plays within himself he can help a team. He’s not the All-Star, highlight reel Carter anymore, but he can still play a role. Team’s just can’t expect more than that from him.

And he is not playing for $18 million. Maybe not for $4 million. But he’ll get a shot somewhere, and you could see him as a good veteran role player on a good team. Fans just need to remember what Vince Carter they are getting. And Carter needs to be realistic as well.

  1. urodaddy07 - Jul 21, 2011 at 3:43 PM

    Vince could play a few more years. The question is whether he will accept playing forva team that is not a contender and also come off the bench. He is not enough of a difference maker for the top team to pursue him and even the top o his game he was never a player who could rake over a game. The thing is he is not like a Jason Terry off the bench and you you kind of expect guys as they lose their athleticism to improve their shooting percentage, that hasn’t happened in Vince’s case.
    So, although I’ve always liked his game, if he becomes n unrestricted free agent he will be paid much less and may have to play on a team that’s rebuilding, and come off the bench

  2. mk2323 - Jul 21, 2011 at 4:48 PM

    Could never take over a game? Maybe these last few years he wasn’t able too but you might want to check out some of his earlier games in his career. Guy could score all over the floor. His biggest problem has always been he is lazy and his work ethic isn’t that of a Kobe or d wade. Hopefully he lands on a contender and snags a ring before he retires!!

    • urodaddy07 - Jul 21, 2011 at 11:20 PM

      Ok so he may have taken over a few games. But really Vince Carter did not do it consistently. That’s not a question. This is a guy who was more athletically talented than Kobe with great basketball skills, and yet you can’t really compare his career to Kobe’s. There’s a reason for that. He did not consistently dominate games. There’s no arguing about that. Highlight dunks, ridiculous 360 layups….sure, dominating games….not so much.

  3. Lee C. - Jul 21, 2011 at 6:51 PM

    how long before he is placed on the “likely to take less to chase a ring in miami” list???

  4. involvement82 - Jul 22, 2011 at 1:58 AM

    Everyone already know that Vince is rusty and crusty and unreliable… He needs to join Yao and shaw and pack his stank bags

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