Vince Carter Says He'd Take a Pay Cut to Join Warriors

Timothy RappFeatured ColumnistJune 22, 2017

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NBA veteran Vince Carter said during an interview on ESPN's The Jump on Wednesday that he would be open to taking a pay cut to join a contender next season.

"I'm open for it. I want to win when I play," Carter acknowledged (h/t Ryne Nelson of SLAM). "I want to do, somewhat, what Kevin Durant did. I want to do for my team. I want to go out there and play and provide and show that I can still play this game."

He added, per Drew Shiller of NBC Sports Bay Area: "I'm just not one to just go to a team and ride the coattails. You can say how old I am, whatever, whatever. I proved that I can still play in this league. I don't want to go sit on the bench and be a cheerleader. ... I want to contribute."

Carter, 40, largely came off the bench for the Memphis Grizzlies in the 2016-17 season and averaged 8.0 points and 3.1 rebounds in 24.6 minutes per game. While Carter is no longer the high-flying, dynamic athlete he was in his prime, he's recreated himself as a solid role player and perimeter shooter. He hit on 37.8 percent of his three-point attempts last season.

His veteran presence and experience would make him a valuable addition to any contending team, and he's still an effective player, despite his age.

And with players like Stephen Curry and Kevin Durant about to break the bank in free agency for the Golden State Warriors—and role players like Andre Iguodala and Shaun Livingston also about to hit free agency—Carter could be a valuable—and more importantly, affordable—veteran addition for the Warriors.