As he prepares for season No. 22, 42-year-old Vince Carter is still without a team. While there could be interest from a number of different teams in need of the veteran presence and verticality (still!) Carter provides, Vinsanty himself might have one special destination in mind. Carter declared that he is open to a return to the Toronto Raptors, where he spent the first six and a half seasons of his career.
Carter averaged 7.4 points per game in 17 minutes and 42% shooting for the Atlanta Hawks last season.
Drafted fifth overall in the 1998 NBA draft out of North Carolina, Carter and cousin Tracy McGrady instantly made the Raptors a relevant team and must-watch TV on any given night. Carter averaged 23.4 points per game and made five All-Star teams in six seasons as a Raptor before forcing his way out and ending up traded to the then-New Jersey Nets.
He may not have left the Raptors on the best of terms initially, but everyone who grew up watching Carter throw down gravity-defying dunks in that bright purple and black Toronto jersey would welcome a return north of the border.
With the post-Kawhi Leonard era looking daunting for Raptors fans, this would give them something to hold onto and pack Scotiabank Arena to see during their strange title defense.