Carter back for 21st season after reaching deal with Hawks

UNTV News   •   July 26, 2018   •   2397

Apr 11, 2018; Sacramento, CA, USA; Sacramento Kings guard Vince Carter (15) dunks the ball against the Houston Rockets during the fourth quarter at Golden 1 Center. Mandatory Credit: Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports

Vince Carter is slated to play a 21st NBA season after agreeing to a one-year deal with the Atlanta Hawks on Wednesday.

The contract is worth $2.4 million, according to ESPN.

The 41-year-old Carter will be joining his eighth NBA team. He averaged a career-low 5.4 points in 58 games (five starts) for the Sacramento Kings last season.

The eight-time All-Star has career averages of 17.7 points, 4.5 rebounds and 3.3 assists in 1,405 NBA games (974 starts). He was one of the league’s top players during his stints with the Toronto Raptors (1998-2004) and then-New Jersey Nets (2004-09).

Carter ranks 22nd in NBA history with 24,868 career points.

Carter also has played for the Orlando Magic, Phoenix Suns, Dallas Mavericks and Memphis Grizzlies.

Atlanta also agreed to a deal with forward Daniel Hamilton, who averaged 2.0 points in six games for the Oklahoma City Thunder last season.

—Field Level Media

Vince Carter retires after NBA record 22-season career

UNTV News   •   June 26, 2020

Atlanta Hawks guard Vince Carter officially announced his retirement from professional basketball on Thursday (June 25) after an NBA record 22-season career during which his high-flying dunks made him one of the game’s top players in his prime.

Carter, widely regarded as one of the greatest dunkers of all time, had previously said the 2019-20 NBA campaign would be his last but had not addressed his playing status since the NBA suspended its season in mid-March due to the COVID-19 outbreak.

“I am officially done playing basketball professionally,” Carter, 43, told the “Winging It” podcast.

Carter, the first NBA player to feature in four different decades, signed a one-year deal with the Hawks last August.

However, their season is over as they did not qualify for the NBA’s 22-team format for restarting action in late July at Disney World amid the novel coronavirus.

Carter played for eight teams during his career but will be most remembered for his time with the Toronto Raptors, where he put the Canadian city on the basketball map and earned the nickname “Air Canada” for his feats above the rim.

After his first season in Toronto, Carter was named the NBA’s rookie of the year in 1999. He was then named an All-Star for each of the following eight seasons.

In his second season, Carter won the Slam Dunk Contest during All-Star Weekend with a dazzling display that further increased his stardom and helped ignite basketball’s popularity in what had otherwise been an ice hockey-mad country.

Carter, who ranks 22nd on the NBA’s all-time scoring list, averaged 16.7 points, 4.3 rebounds and 3.1 assists per game during a career that also included stops in New Jersey, Orlando, Phoenix, Dallas, Memphis, Sacramento and Atlanta.

He also helped USA Basketball win gold medals at the 2000 Sydney Olympics and 2003 FIBA Americas tournament. (Reuters)

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Chandler set to join Lakers after buyout

UNTV News   •   November 5, 2018

Oct 31, 2018; Phoenix, AZ, USA; San Antonio Spurs guard Patty Mills (left) drives to the basket against Phoenix Suns center Tyson Chandler in the second half at Talking Stick Resort Arena. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

 

Los Angeles native Tyson Chandler is on the verge of signing a contract with the Lakers.

After a contract buyout freed Chandler from the final year of his contract with the Phoenix Suns, he targeted his hometown team.

“We love the fact that we’re going to get another veteran,” Lakers star LeBron James said Saturday night. “A guy who plays hard, a guy who’s very smart and another champion to add to the champions that we have in this system here today, and it adds depth in our frontcourt, which we have had trouble with at times.”

Chandler, 36, is in his 18th season, and was slated to make $13.6 million this season in the final campaign of a four-year contract with Phoenix.

The 7-foot-1 Chandler averaged 3.7 points and 5.6 rebounds in seven games for the Suns this season.

Chandler has career averages of 8.6 points and 9.3 rebounds in 1,086 games with the Chicago Bulls (2001-06), New Orleans Hornets (2006-09), Charlotte Bobcats (2009-10), Dallas Mavericks (2010-11, 2014-15) New York Knicks (2011-14) and Suns (2015-18).

He was the NBA Defensive Player of the Year for the 2011-12 season and played in the All-Star Game the following season.

—Field Level Media

NBA notebook: Wolves owner wants Butler trade; Thibodeau doesn’t

UNTV News   •   September 24, 2018

FILE PHOTO: Apr 25, 2018; Houston, TX, USA; Houston Rockets center Clint Capela (15) drives past Minnesota Timberwolves guard Jimmy Butler (23) for the basket in the second half in game five of the first round of the 2018 NBA Playoffs at Toyota Center. Mandatory Credit: Thomas B. Shea-USA TODAY Sports/File Photo

In the days since Minnesota guard Jimmy Butler reportedly requested a trade, the Timberwolves have been fielding calls from teams looking to add the four-time All-Star.

The message from Minnesota’s front office has been the same each time — the Timberwolves intend to keep their star forward, according to ESPN. Head coach and team president Tom Thibodeau — who oversees general manager Scott Layden — does not want to trade Butler.

But ESPN also reported that owner Glen Taylor is expected to be involved in any discussions about a potential trade, and is far more willing to unload Butler than the front office. ESPN reported later Friday that Taylor told others at the Board of Governors meeting that Butler is available and inquiries should come through Taylor, if necessary.

“The owner’s trading him,” a Board of Governors attendee told ESPN. “That was made clear. It’s just a matter of when.”

—Dirk Nowitzki has come off the bench 31 times in 20 NBA seasons. The future Hall of Famer could more than double that number this season.

The 40-year-old Nowitzki is accepting of a reserve role with the Dallas Mavericks, and saw it coming when the team signed free agent center DeAndre Jordan in the off season.

“When we signed DeAndre, it was pretty much clear in my head that I’m coming off the bench,” Nowitzki said at the Mavericks’ media day. “It’s all about winning, at the end of the day. Whatever puts us in the best position to win is what we’re going to roll with. …If that’s the case, and I’m coming off the bench, we better keep (an exercise) bike ready and keep a couple of massage therapists in the back, and I’ll be ready to go.”

—Three rules changes were approved by the NBA Board of Governors.

Beginning with the 2018 NBA pre season, the shot clock will reset to 14 seconds in offensive rebounding situations, as opposed to 24; the clear-path foul rule will be simplified; and the definition of a “hostile act” will be expanded for purposes of triggering instant replay review.

The shot clock goes to 14 seconds following offensive rebounds, a measure aimed at increasing shot attempts particularly late in close games. The shot clock reset to 24 seconds anytime the ball hit the rim in previous seasons.

—NBA commissioner Adam Silver issued a memo to all 30 teams urging them to hire, promote and protect women in the workplace.

The memo comes one day after the findings of an investigation into sexual harassment and workplace misconduct with the Dallas Mavericks. Silver asked teams to review the investigative findings and adhere to portions of the demands in place for the Dallas organization.

“Respect and integrity are core NBA values,” Silver wrote in the memo, published by ESPN. “And we must all work to ensure that they are reflected in the culture and workplaces of our organizations.”

—Field Level Media

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