Dallas Mavericks: Former Mav Vince Carter says he is playing next season

Dallas Mavericks Vince Carter Copyright 2018 NBAE (Photo by Scott Cunningham/NBAE via Getty Images)
Dallas Mavericks Vince Carter Copyright 2018 NBAE (Photo by Scott Cunningham/NBAE via Getty Images) /

Former Dallas Mavericks forward Vince Carter plans on returning for an NBA record 22nd season next year. Will Dallas attempt to sign him?

Dallas Mavericks fans have a soft spot for Vince Carter. The legend came to Dallas the summer after the Mavericks won the title in 2011. He played three seasons in Dallas. Carter is a fantastic teammate and was one of the best 3-point shooters in the league during his run with the Mavs.

Vinsanity was passed his prime when he came to Dallas. Carter was one of the best players in the NBA in the early 2000’s. He was an All-Star for eight straight seasons starting in 2000. From the memorable dunks to the unbelievable athleticism, Vince Carter was a must-see talent.

Carter was a member of the Atlanta Hawks last season. He played in 76 games and saw 17.5 minutes a night. The legend turned 42 in January and questions about his retirement have been swirling for years.

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Plans to play next season

Vince Carter co-hosts a podcast with Hawks teammate Kent Bazemore. In their last episode, Carter stated his intention to play next season. Fans can listen to the episode here.

Vinsanity will be breaking an NBA record that Dirk Nowitzki matched this season. It will be Carter’s 22nd season. He and Dirk are currently tied at top with Robert Parish, Kevin Willis, and Kevin Garnett by playing for 21 NBA seasons.

Return to Dallas?

The Dallas Mavericks want to add veterans to round out their roster this offseason. Carter signed with the Hawks on a one-year veteran minimum deal last summer. The Mavs should be interested in bringing in Carter for an end of the bench role. He is a legend with tons of experience that could benefit the young Mavericks.

Keep an eye out for rumors and news regarding Vince Carter’s free agency plans this summer. The veteran will likely prioritize playing time over being on contending teams as he did last offseason. Stay tuned.

Final thoughts

Former Dallas Mavericks forward Vince Carter is planning on playing his 22nd season next year. Carter is an unrestricted free agent, so he still needs to find a home. There will be interest for the veteran this summer, though.

The Mavericks are going to upgrade their roster this offseason. They have cap space to fill and want to build a contending team around current rookie sensation Luka Doncic. Expect the Mavs to be aggressive in acquiring talent.

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