The swingman will return for a 20th season after agreeing to a contract with the Sacramento Kings, the team announced on Monday. Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN first reported on July 6 that the two sides agreed to a one-year, $8 million contract.
SportsCenter underscored the span of Carter's tenure:
Vince Carter congratulates Steph Curry after Warriors win. Carter was teammates with his dad, Dell Curry, in Toronto. http://t.co/TZw14zBKil2015-5-16 04:30:09
He isn't the explosive force he was in his prime, but he still posted 8.0 points per game in 2016-17 for the Grizzlies as a veteran leader who could extend his game beyond the three-point line (37.8 percent). Still, his presence in the league is a reminder of a past generation, considering he helped usher in the post-Michael Jordan era of the NBA alongside other superstars such as Allen Iverson and Kobe Bryant.
Carter, 40, will continue in Sacramento, but the most memorable stretch of his career came when he was in Toronto.
After the Golden State Warriors selected him fifth overall in the 1998 NBA draft, they traded him to the Raptors, and he found immediate success. He scored 18.3 points per game in that first season and earned Rookie of the Year honors.
From there, the former Tar Heel developed into one of the league's best players and brought more attention to the franchise than it had ever seen with his incredible Slam Dunk Contest performance and an impressive run against the favored Philadelphia 76ers in the 2001 postseason.
He has changed his game later in his career and is more reliant on perimeter shooting and veteran guile. Carter is no longer leaping over defenders to rattle rims, but a spot in the Hall of Fame likely awaits when he retires.
The one glaring omission from Carter's resume is a championship ring. He probably won't change that in 2017-18 with the Kings, considering they haven't been to the playoffs since the 2005-06 season, but he can serve as a veteran leader as the team transitions away from the DeMarcus Cousins era.