Vince Carter will turn 40 during next season if he decides to play. However, he still expects to be back with the Grizzlies for another year in the NBA.
When the Memphis Grizzlies got swept by the San Antonio Spurs in the first round of the playoffs, their misery was finally brought to an end. Even though the Grizzlies had a very acceptable season and earned the playoff spot, they still couldn’t manage to keep up their success with all the injuries they had. Despite missing four starters, they actually beat the Cavaliers without LeBron in March.
With Randolph, Barnes and Carter as their best players in the NBA Playoffs, they knew it would be tough to beat a well-playing Spurs team. Speaking of Carter, he has the decision to make regarding his future not only with the Grizzlies but in the NBA, in general.
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.
“When I don’t feel like training or lose the passion and love for the game, then it’s time to walk away,” Carter said. “I still have it. It still bothers me to lose games and not play well.”
39-year-old Vince Carter finished his 18th season in the NBA but says it “could be cool” to play 20. Carter has a contract with the Grizzlies for next season, but his salary of more than $4 million is non-guaranteed. Carter has no plans to call it quits this summer, as he says that his body feels good and he plans on being back with the Grizzlies for at least one more year.
Of course, just because Carter wants to be back, that doesn't necessarily mean that he will be. The Grizzlies can decide to cut Carter next year since his salary isn't guaranteed and move in a different direction. This offseason, the Grizzlies' focus were on retaining Mike Conley, which they did to a degree.
“Vinsanity” played 60 games with the Grizzlies this season, averaging 6.6 PPG, up from 5.8 last season. He also increased his field goal percentage (35 percent) and three-point percentage (35 percent). The Grizzlies are always on the lookout for more shooters considering that is an area in which they have struggled in recent years.
Whether it's with the Grizzlies or not, it seems almost certain that Carter will be playing somewhere next season. That will hold off the debate about whether he is a Hall of Famer for another year, but there are many who think that he is right on the fringe.
After Kobe Bryant and Tim Duncan, we have only 4 active players from the 1990s remain: Dirk Nowitzki, Kevin Garnett, Paul Pierce and Vince Carter.
Kevin Garnett is still questionable , Paul Pierce will play (?), and Dirk Nowitzki will play for the Dallas Mavericks next season.
Vince Carter, one of the best dunkers in the NBA History, should play one more year with the Memphis Grizzlies, and after that he will probably follow the path of Kobe Bryant and Tim Duncan.
The latest NBA rumors we have is that Vince Carter could sign with Cleveland Cavaliers or with Toronto Raptors.
Whatdo you think, where is the best destination for his last season?