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NBA Free Agency: Why Vince Carter on the Thunder makes sense

He isn’t the same half man / half amazing as he was in his prime, but you better believe Vince Carter still has plenty to offer on a basketball court.

Carter will turn 38 years old during the next NBA season, but shows no signs of slowing down. He is coming off a terrific season with the Dallas Mavericks where he posted 11.9ppg, 2.6apg and 3.5rpg in 24 minutes per night. He also shot the three pointer at just under a 40% clip which isn’t overly bad in this league. Being that Carter plays the shooting guard position and has range on his jump shot, there is no denying the Oklahoma City Thunder would be keen to acquire his services.

A young team that is still building towards a championship, the Thunder need floor spacers and Carter could provide that. He has to be respected as an outside shooter which will force teams to guard the perimeter and not clog the lane or double Kevin Durant all the time. He is also a very well respected player in this league and would be a terrific mentor for young Jeremy Lamb who has all the tools and all the talent to be a star in this league.

So, it is clear why the Thunder would have interest in Carter, but would Vince have interest in OKC?

The Dallas Mavericks franchise value Carter and they seem to have a very mutually agreeable arrangement. They are also looking to make some big time moves this off-season in order to once again rise to the top of the Western Conference. But, the Thunder also have those same ideas and have the added benefit of already being a perennial Western Conference Finalist.

In the twilight of his career, Carter might be looking to join the parade of veterans searching for a role on a team that wins a ring. The Thunder can arguably offer him that, along with key minutes, a key role, superstar teammates and a full mid level deal.

It won’t hurt that Durant grew up idolizing him either.

Vince Carter has had a terrific career as an NBA player. From the Eastern Conference battles against Allen Iverson and the Philadelphia 76ers, to the dunk comp victories – he has accomplished a lot. Being able to crown all those achievements with an NBA Championship would be terrific. It makes sense.

No doubt plenty of teams will covet the services of Carter – but only one team can win out. While it may be a long shot, that’s exactly what the Thunder need – on and off the court.

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