UNC in the NBA: Vince Carter plans on playing in 2018-19

LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 09: Vince Carter
LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 09: Vince Carter /

Plan on seeing former UNC standout Vince Carter in the NBA again next season as he wants to return

Vince Carter isn’t ready to call it quits just yet.

The NBA veteran is ready for another year in the league after spending the past season with the Sacramento Kings. The Kings finished the year 27-55 and in the NBA Draft Lottery, another disappointing season.

But for Carter, he’s a veteran that can provide some leadership for a team rebuilding with youth.

Carter told The Undefeated that he plans on returning for a 21st season in the NBA, saying there’s a 90 percent chance he returns.

He also revealed that his body feels great after playing another 82-game season.

Here’s what Carter told Marc J. Spears as part of a diary series kept all season long on the veteran forward:

"I plan on coming back next season. I plan on coming back one more season. I’m almost 90 percent sure that’s it after next season. … You kind of go through the season, especially when the end is near, and you say, ‘Hey, how do I feel?’ The summertime kind of dictates it all."

The 41-year-old Carter is currently the oldest player in the NBA and averaged 5.4 points, 2.6 rebounds and 1.2 assists per game last season. He appeared in 51 games for the Kings.

Carter was drafted with the fifth overall pick in the 1998 NBA Draft by the Golden State Warriors and was traded to Toronto for his former UNC teammate Antawn Jamison.

As for where Carter will play next year, Sacramento remains a possibility but the Raptors could also be in play. Toronto tried signing Carter back in September but the Kings were able to nab him instead.

For the farewell tour it would be pretty awesome to see Carter go back to where his career started in Toronto. The Raptors are the No. 1 seed in the Eastern Conference this year and expect to be one of the top teams next season as well.

Carter averaged just over 15 minutes per game in 2017-18 and could contribute 10-plus minutes next season.

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It will certainly be an interesting storyline to follow in the NBA offseason.