Vince Carter said family and life after basketball were the main reasons he chose to return to the Hawks for his record 22nd and final NBA season.
Carter appeared on the Winging It podcast which posted Monday with now former teammate Kent Bazemore, who was traded to the Trail Blazers in the offseason. Carter was asked by host Annie Finberg why he will return to Atlanta.
“It’s a great opportunity,” Carter said. “The big picture of it all, I can still work on life after basketball, broadcasting and just being around that. Close to family. My daughter is now a high schooler so – I don’t talk about my daughter much but she is a high schooler and playing varsity. She is a freshman but she’s playing varsity volleyball so I get a chance to watch her. On off days, I’ll probably make that trip to Charlotte a couple times to watch her play. It all makes sense. For me, I just want it to make sense. If there was a great opportunity elsewhere, I definitely would look into it but I just wanted it all to fit. When you are going into your last year, you just want it to be a smooth ride, for everyone really.”
Carter has agreed to terms with the Hawks on a one-year deal to conclude his Hall of Fame career.