As revealed on Wednesday’s episode of ESPN’s the Jump, Vince Carter intends to play one last season in the NBA. At 42 years old, Carter has been efficient in a limited role. Last year with Hawks, Carter averaged 7.4 points, 2.6 rebounds, and 1.1 assists.
“Impending free agent Vince Carter, 42, who announced he will play one more season, would consider the Heat in free agency if Miami is interested, we’re told. He averaged 7.4 points on 42 percent shooting last season.”
The move could actually make sense for the Heat, who don’t have much to spend this offseason. Carter could attempt fill role Dwyane Wade occupied last year as a veteran who can provide a scoring punch off the bench. In the twilight of his career, Carter has been praised as a mentor for young players. This could be great for players like Justise Winslow and Josh Richardson who no longer have the veteran voice in Wade to turn to. Carter is also a serviceable three point shooter (he shot 38% from behind the arc last season). Miami has struggled to find consistent three point shooting over the last few seasons, Carter could help clean that up.
While obviously not the ideal free agent at 42 years old, Carter’s strengths could provide added benefit for a Heat team in limbo at a discount. What do you guys think? Do you believe Vince Carter makes sense for this team?