Vince Carter is the oldest player in the NBA today at the age of 40, so he has seen a lot of things in the league and he has achieved a lot of accomplishments since he was drafted almost 20 years ago.
From being an eight-time All-Star, a slam dunk champion, an Olympic gold medalist, 1999 NBA Rookie of the Year, 2016 Teammate of the year, playing for seven different teams and now entering his 20th season, Carter has almost achieved it all. Almost.
The only major thing that still eludes the Sacramento Kings star is an NBA Championship as he is yet to lift the Larry O'Brien trophy in his playing career, which is why many found it surprising he signed a one-year, $8 million contract with the Kings this past summer.
Usually, older players in the league would sign a veterans deal with a championship contender team near the end of their careers in order to chase after one more title before deciding to call it a day, but not Carter, and for good reason.
Speaking to Marc J Spears of The Undefeated, the eight-time All-Star explained why he opted to sign for the Kings and nobody else. They were able to give him what he truly wanted, which is playing time on the court and playing a big role, rather than just a spot on the bench.
Carter said: “I can’t do that. That’s not who I am. I want to be a part of something. I want to play. It’s easy to play for a good team and sit there. It would be great to have the ring to accomplish it. Yes, I earned it because I am there every day making those guys better. I get all that. But I want to contribute.
“I’m not at the stage where I can sit there and be OK with it when I know I have something to give to this game still. That’s why. When things are different and I probably can’t play but 10 minutes a game or whatever, I can probably sit there and accept it. I can’t accept it now.”
It seems that the Kings gave him an opportunity at this stage of his career which he couldn't refuse, so good for him if that's what he believes he can provide for the team before he eventually does call it a day on his playing career.