Reports: Vince Carter joins Sacramento Kings on one-year deal
NBA.com staff reports
Vince Carter will begin his 20th season in the NBA as a member of the Sacramento Kings, according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski. Carter reportedly agreed to join the club on a one-year deal.
Free agent Vince Carter has agreed to a one-year, $8M deal with Sacramento, agents Kurt Schoeppler and Jim Tanner tell ESPN.
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) July 7, 2017
Jason Jones of The Sacramento Bee has more on what Carter may provide the Kings in 2017-18:
The Kings and eight-time All-Star Vince Carter agreed to a one-year, $8 million deal Thursday, league sources confirmed to The Sacramento Bee – adding another successful veteran who they believe can help mentor their young players.
Carter, at 40 the oldest player in the NBA, spent the last three seasons with the Memphis Grizzlies and will reunite with coach Dave Joerger, who led the Grizzlies in Carter’s first two seasons there, as well as former Memphis teammate Zach Randolph.
The addition of Carter will put the roster at capacity and give the Kings an experienced player who can provide minutes at small forward. The 6-foot-6 swingman averaged 8.0 points and 3.1 rebounds for the Grizzlies last season.
Aside from Carter’s abilities on the court, he will add to the positive, nurturing culture the Kings are looking to build. He won the 2015-16 Twyman-Stokes Teammate of the Year Award, as voted on by players around the NBA, given to an “ideal teammate” who displays “selfless play and commitment and dedication to his team.”
The Kings add another veteran presence after reaching deals with free agents Zach Randolph and George Hill, according to multiple reports. Sacramento also adds a piece after losing its veteran small forward Rudy Gay to the San Antonio Spurs in free agency.
Carter, who will be 41 next season, remains the oldest active player in the NBA. The eight-time All-Star has still managed to play a productive role at this point of his career, most recently with the Memphis Grizzlies. He averaged 8.0 points per game and shot 37.8 percent from 3-point range last season, increasing those averages to 9.2 points and 40 percent in the postseason.