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Report: Vince Carter signing three-year, $12 million contract with Grizzlies

Jul 12, 2014, 12:10 AM EDT

Vince Carter, Tayshaun Prince, Kosta Koufos, Zach Randolph Vince Carter, Tayshaun Prince, Kosta Koufos, Zach Randolph

By signing Chandler Parsons to an offer sheet, the Mavericks greatly increased their chances of losing Vince Carter and Shawn Marion.

Dallas renounced those two to clear the cap room necessary for Parsons, though the Mavericks could still re-sign either. They just could no longer exceed the cap to do so or offer larger annual raises.

However, if the Rockets match Parsons’ offer, Dallas could un-renounce the players.

Carter isn’t waiting around for that.

Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports:

Three years is a little long for Carter, who’s already 37, though the partial guarantee helps. He’s developed into a fine role player in the latter stages of his career, but the wear and tear is already showing.

He’ll add depth to the Grizzlies, though. With Mike Miller clearly headed out – possibly to join LeBron James in Cleveland – Memphis needs another wing. Carter won’t completely replace Miller’s 3-point shooting, but he’s still good from beyond the arc and a better defender.

Carter will help the Grizzlies compete for a playoff berth this season. In the two years beyond that, it gets dicey for a player so old, but the hope is he can keep filling the same role.

  1. rexgrossman8 - Jul 12, 2014 at 12:19 AM

    Wish he went to the Hornets.

    • money2long - Jul 12, 2014 at 12:58 AM

      Yeah New Orleans could use him.
      Just kidding guys.

      • 00maltliquor - Jul 12, 2014 at 5:07 AM

        Why not? SFs their biggest weakness. I mean, who do they have? Don’t say Evans, that should not be his full time position!

      • money2long - Jul 12, 2014 at 10:40 AM

        Inside joke

  2. csbanter - Jul 12, 2014 at 12:39 AM

    Apparently his age did not deter the Grizz. He takes care of himself and can still ball.

  3. saint1997 - Jul 12, 2014 at 12:55 AM

    VC has demonstrated the path perfectly that all superstars should one day take. Put aside the ego, put aside the desire to dominate, and find ways to make his team successful. In many ways, that makes him more of a star than he ever was – in his attitude.

    • cruzan80 - Jul 12, 2014 at 9:31 AM

      One of the biggest knocks on Vince was that he never seemed to have a “desire to dominate”. In his prime years, many said that was the only difference between him & Kobe.

      I agree with what your point is. That is what all superstars should do as their career nears its end…but if they were ever really a “superstar”…putting aside the desire to dominate would contracdict what they did throughout their entire career. The only exception I can think of is Tim Duncan.

      I’m not shocked that Vince has eased into the role player postion so easily…he always had that attitude…his talent was just much, much better than a role player.


  4. celticpride603 - Jul 12, 2014 at 12:56 AM

    Really wanted to see him end his career where it began with the Raptors. That would have been awesome.

    • thethrill1111 - Jul 12, 2014 at 1:56 AM

      A wily vet to join a playoff team? Seemed like a match made in heaven…

    • genericcommenter - Jul 12, 2014 at 2:55 AM

      He decided to try the other Canadian team.

      • 5xchamp24 - Jul 12, 2014 at 1:12 PM

        Unless I missed the joke, what other Canadian team?

    • 00maltliquor - Jul 12, 2014 at 5:10 AM

      I know right! I think the Grizz is an oddball fit, really didn’t see that coming. But would’ve been beyond cool to see him last in TOR gear. Especially during throwback jersey nights at home!

  5. phillyphannn83 - Jul 12, 2014 at 1:05 AM

    Wait…Vince Carter still plays in the NBA???

    • tuberippin - Jul 12, 2014 at 5:41 AM

      Outlasted Iverson…

      • 5xchamp24 - Jul 12, 2014 at 1:13 PM

        Its all about the attitude!

  6. campcouch - Jul 12, 2014 at 1:05 AM

    The benefit of being hyper-athletic. As he ages, his athleticism is moving from NBA amazing, incredible, great, good, above average and finally average, just in time to retire. That mid-late 90s UNC era put some great players in the league.

  7. jamesmfitzpatrick - Jul 12, 2014 at 1:09 AM

    Keep collecting them checks, bruh

  8. patfic5 - Jul 12, 2014 at 6:29 AM

    The Griz? Thought he would’ve wanted a ring.

  9. asainta - Jul 12, 2014 at 9:03 AM

    Okay PBT, Vince Carter HOF’er???? What do you think???

    • cruzan80 - Jul 12, 2014 at 9:33 AM


    • 00maltliquor - Jul 12, 2014 at 11:09 AM

      Yes. Not a 1st ballot though.

  10. woodrree7 - Jul 12, 2014 at 1:21 PM

    Way over paid!!!

  11. bigbamboom1 - Jul 12, 2014 at 8:52 PM

    10 years ago, this is huge news! Blockbuster stuff. Just saying.

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