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Vince Carter is not quite done yet.

The veteran forward announced Tuesday that he will return for a 22nd NBA season.

“I’m coming back,” Carter said on his “Winging It” podcast with Atlanta Hawks teammate Kent Bazemore.

The 42-year-old signed a one-year deal with the Hawks last summer and is open to a return.

“I would like to,” Carter said. “We’ll see what happens.”

Carter pondered the possibility of playing another season in March. He’s currently tied with Kevin Willis, Robert Parish, and Kevin Garnett for the longest careers in league history.

The 10-time All-Star averaged 7.4 points on 41.9 percent shooting across 76 appearances for Atlanta. He passed Indiana Pacers legend Reggie Miller for 20th on the NBA’s all-time scoring list and became the oldest player to hit seven 3-pointers on March 4. Carter sits sixth in league history with 2,229 career triples made.

He was drafted fifth overall by the Golden State Warriors in the 1998 NBA Draft. The club traded Carter shortly thereafter to the Toronto Raptors, with whom he rose to prominence.

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

In a Thursday appearance on ESPN’s “Pardon The Interruption,” the veteran forward indicated he believes he can return for a 22nd NBA season.

“I think I could stretch it out one more,” Carter said. “At the end of the year, I usually assess from top to bottom to see how I’m feeling. And obviously, opportunity, when the phone call rings and teams show interest, that’s a good thing.

“Me personally, I think I could give it another year, so why not? We’ll see what happens.”

The 42-year-old is averaging 7.1 points per contest with a career-high 40.9 percent from downtown across 61 appearances for the Atlanta Hawks.

Carter recently passed Reggie Miller for 20th on the NBA’s all-time scoring list and became the oldest player in league history to hit seven 3-pointers in a single game.

The Golden State Warriors drafted the Florida native fifth overall in the 1998 NBA Draft. They traded him shortly thereafter to the Toronto Raptors, the team with which Carter rose to prominence.

TORONTO – Although he turns 41 in January, Vince Carter isn’t closing the door on another NBA season after this one. And on Sunday, after what could have been his final game in Toronto as a member of the visiting Sacramento Kings, he left the door open in a broad way, teasing a potential reunion with the franchise he launched his career with.

“It’ll happen I’m sure,” Carter said when asked about the Raptors‘ reported free agency interest last summer. “Somehow, whether it’s one day or something, it’ll happen. It’s supposed to happen I think. I can say that now.”

There lies the hook. The “one day” could mean a single-day contract, the kind that many pro sports teams have honoured some of their best players with before retirement.

One thing is for certain: Raptors fans as a collective have softened their stance on Carter in the last few years. When he returned as a member of the Memphis Grizzlies in 2014-15, the majority of fans cheered Toronto’s former franchise player following a video tribute. That continued Sunday when fans cheered his surprise inclusion in the Kings’ starting lineup and then gave him a standing ovation after he exited with 11 seconds remaining.

“I still don’t know,” Carter said about whether he’d play next season. “If you’re asking me today, I’ll say I have one more in me.”

Carter finished Sunday’s loss to the Raptors with four points, three blocks, two assists, a rebound, and a steal in 25 minutes of action.

Half-man, half-amazing. Air Canada. Vinsanity.

Vince Carter is still playing basketball at 40 years old and hasn’t been a member of the Raptors since his trade to the New Jersey Nets on Dec. 17, 2004. Regardless, he still feels a strong bond with the city of Toronto.

“Of course, I’d like for (the Raptors) to retire my jersey,” Carter told Marc J. Spears of ESPN. “You’d always like your jersey retired. That is where it’s started.”

Carter was a fan favorite throughout most of his tenure in Toronto. After being drafted in 1998, he played six-and-a-half seasons with the Raptors and made the All-Star team every year after his rookie campaign. He took the team to the second round in 2001, before missing the final shot in Game 7 against the Philadelphia 76ers.

However, things turned sour and Carter’s relationship with the Raptors disintegrated before he was traded to the Nets early in the 2004-05 season. He was booed for years each time he returned to Toronto as a visiting player, although his relationship with the team and its fans has improved greatly in recent seasons.

Overall, Carter averaged 23.4 points, 5.3 rebounds, and 3.9 assists per game in 383 total appearances with the Raptors.

His next game in Toronto is coincidentally on the same day he was traded 13 years ago. Carter’s current team, the Sacramento Kings, visits Air Canada Centre on Dec. 17 for what could potentially be his last trip as an opponent.

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With Hollywood power players descending on Toronto for the city’s annual film festival, one documentary of local interest has been “The Carter Effect”, chronicling Vince Carter‘s impact more than a decade ago on the Raptors franchise and basketball in Canada.

Raptors president Masai Ujiri attended the premiere Saturday, and during a Q&A alongside the film’s producers, offered a somewhat unclear statement. “Vince Carter will be home in Toronto,” Ujiri said, according to Sportsnet’s Michael Grange.

Carter signed with the Sacramento Kings as a free agent in July. There’s been speculation for a few years now that the Raptors could have an interest in bringing the onetime face of the franchise back, but it hasn’t happened – even though Carter could have filled a Toronto roster need this summer.

Turning 41 in January, time is running out on the playing career of the man once known as “Air Canada”, who since carved out a niche as an effective role player after his superstar days ended.

It’s quite possible, however, that Ujiri was also hinting at the chances of the Raptors organization one day retiring Carter’s number. While some Toronto fans still hold the circumstances around his controversial 2004 trade against him, there’s little doubt about Carter’s impact on the NBA in Canada.

Though his peak playing performance with the Raptors only lasted from 1999 to 2001, the Floridian was also responsible for capturing the hearts and minds of a generation of young Canadian basketball enthusiasts. Toronto NBA products such as Tristan Thompson, Cory Joseph, and Andrew Wiggins have all pointed to Carter’s presence during their childhoods as some level of inspiration.

The Raptors have retired no player numbers in their 22-year history. Carter wore No. 15 with the team from 1998-2004.

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Vince Carter won’t call it quits just yet.

The 40-year-old swingman revealed after the Memphis Grizzlies‘ first-round defeat to the San Antonio Spurs that he has no plans to retire, and aims to play another two seasons before ending his career.

“I said to myself ‘I want to play 15 years.’ I don’t know where I got that from. And then I got to 15 years and I kept going. I never capped it, but at the same time I’ve had a lot of players remind me of things I’ve said. I’m still saying ‘two more years and I’m done,'” Carter said, according to RealGM.com.

Despite never winning a championship throughout his 19-year career, Carter says he isn’t looking to latch onto a contender, and will consider re-signing with the Grizzlies this offseason.

“I hear people say all the time, ‘Go chase the ring.’ That word ‘chase’ is tough for me,” Carter told Geoff Calkins of The Memphis Commercial Appeal. “I’m comfortable here, my family is comfortable here, we’re building something exciting and great and I enjoy going to work with these guys every day.”

Carter averaged eight points, 3.1 rebounds, and 1.8 assists on 39.4 percent shooting for Memphis this season.

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LeBron James is just 31, but he’s already played more total NBA minutes than all but 26 people in history. He’s far closer to the end of his career than he is to the beginning, and nothing has snapped that into focus with greater clarity than the recent retirements of Kobe Bryant, Tim Duncan, and Kevin Garnett.

James told reporters Tuesday that he knows his generation of stars – which is largely comprised of close friends Dwyane Wade, Carmelo Anthony, and Chris Paul – will be the next to say goodbye.

“We’re on deck,” he said.

That doesn’t necessarily mean they’ll be walking away any time soon. James put forth arguably his most transcendent stretch of play in the Finals less than four months ago, Paul was an All-NBA second teamer and All-Defensive first teamer, and Anthony and Wade both put up All-Star seasons with PERs over 20. They may be on the back nine, but they still have a lot of fairway in front of them.

Still, this year’s departure of a triumvirate of generational stars that first came to prominence in the late 90s clearly has James feeling his NBA mortality.

There’s a tiny remnant of active stars and ex-stars who came into the league before him and his famed 2003 draft cohorts. There’s Dirk Nowitzki, Paul Pierce,Vince Carter, and … that’s about it. Few others stand between James and elder statesmanship, between him and the black void of retirement. Father time spares no one.