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Vince Carter says he’s “90-something percent” sure he will retire after the 2018-19 season.
Carter signed a one-year deal with the Atlanta Hawks after playing this past season with the Sacramento Kings.
When asked by reporters why he didn’t sign with a contender to chase rings, Carter said he’s not built that way.
“I come from an era where that’s not how it was,” Carter said. “So that’s still instilled in me. And I don’t have any problem with how it’s done now. (It’s) just not for me.”
Carter averaged 5.4 points, 2.6 rebounds and 1.2 assists in 58 games with the Kings, shooting 40.3 percent from the field and 34.5 percent from three. The 41-year-old is obviously not the athlete he once was, but is a great guy to have in the locker room and still a reliable perimeter shooter.
“I still want to play the game,” Carter said. “Whatever minutes are there, I want (them). It’s a love. It’s tough to walk away. Obviously when it’s time, it’s time. But I’m still passionate about it.”
In 1,405 NBA games, Carter has career averages of 17.7 points, 4.5 rebounds and 3.3 assists. He’s an eight-time All-Star and was Rookie of the Year in 1998-99 with the Toronto Raptors.