Hawks officially re-sign Carter, 42, entering final season

Free agent wing Vince Carter is returning the Hawks for a 22nd NBA season.

The Atlanta Hawks have officially re-signed Vince Carter, the team announced in a news release.

It will be the 22nd and final NBA season for 42-year old Carter.

The Hawks’ roster includes seven players young than the age of 23 — making Carter’s leadership invaluable to coach Lloyd Pierce and the rest of the organization.

The former NBA dunk champion averaged a career-high 27.6 points in the 2000-01 season with the Toronto Raptors, his first franchise. He has also spent time with the New Jersey Nets, Orlando Magic, Phoenix Suns, Dallas Mavericks and Sacramento Kings.

Carter appeared in 76 games with the Hawks last season, averaging 7.4 points and 2.6 rebounds in a little more than 17 minutes per game.

“If he plays in a game in 2020, Carter will be the first player in NBA history to appear in a game in four different decades, according to Elias Sports Bureau research,” Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN reported.