Free agent Vince Carter may not still be flyin’ high, but he hasn’t given up on playing the game he loves. And the Sacramento Kings apparently think he can play it well enough for them.
Carter, 40, signed a one-year deal with the Kings for $8 million, his representatives told ESPN on Thursday.
The 6-foot-6 swingman and former Slam Dunk king spent the last three seasons with the Memphis Grizzlies. Last year, he played in 73 games and averaged 8.0 points off the bench.
Originally drafted No. 5 overall by the Golden State Warriors in 1998 (he was immediately traded to the Toronto Raptors), Carter made a name for himself by soaring over opponents with the greatest of ease.
More recently, he has played with great passion and smarts — traits the rebuilding Kings appear to be big on these days. Along with Carter, the Kings recently added veteran big man Zach Randolph (also from the Grizzlies) and point guard George Hill (Utah Jazz).
Those three join a young and promising lineup that is highlighted by second-year guard Buddy Heild, as well as an incoming rookie class that features point guard De’Aaron Fox, small forward Justin Jackson and athletic big man Harry Giles.