Vince Carter has signed a one-year deal with the Atlanta Hawks that will bring the 41-year-old back for his 21st NBA season.
The contract will pay Carter the veteran minimum salary of $2.4 million, Yahoo Sports reported. Carter, the league’s oldest player, is the last remaining member of the 1998 NBA Draft class along with Dirk Nowitzki of the Dallas Mavericks.
Carter played sparingly last season with the rebuilding Sacramento Kings, where he appeared in 58 games and averaged just 17.7 minutes a game . He’ll be expected to play a similar role in Atlanta, one of the youngest teams in the league with a roster that boasts a maximum age of 30. Atlanta general manager Travis Schlenk reportedly wants Carter to influence players like guard Trae Young, who the Hawks selected in the first-round of the 2018 NBA draft, and 2017 first-round pick John Collins.
The Hawks will be the eight team Carter has played for, joining the the Toronto Raptors, New Jersey Nets, Orlando Magic, Phoenix Suns, Dallas Mavericks, Memphis Grizzlies and Sacramento Kings. He sits 325 points from passing Jerry West for No. 21 on the NBA’s all-time scoring list and 412 points from passing Reggie Miller for No. 20. Last season, at 40 years, 46 days old, Carter became the oldest player to start an NBA game since Juwan Howard in 2013.