Vince Carter
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Long-time NBA veteran Vince Carter reportedly considered signing with the New York Knicks before joining the Hawks last summer.

Vince Carter is now going into his 22nd and final NBA season. It’s been a great run for the long-time veteran thus far, as he’s made eight NBA All-Star games and played for eight different organizations.

This summer, Carter will be a free agent and will decide where he’ll end his NBA career. The New York Knicks could be one of those considered landing spots once the free agency period begins June 30.

Reports have come out that Carter actually considered signing with the Knicks last summer before ultimately deciding to play for the Atlanta Hawks. Carter apparently is a fan of Knicks head coach David Fizdale.

Ian Begley of SNY writes “Carter has spoken highly of Knicks head coach David Fizdale, and gave signing with New York serious consideration last summer, per SNY sources. Carter chose to sign with the young Hawks instead.

“There were several factors in his decision, but one of them was the idea that he’d be in close proximity to NBA TV because he has a desire to pursue a career in media when he’s done playing. This is worth noting because it’s fair to assume he could find media opportunities in New York as well.”

Not only would Carter, 42, bring some fuel to the roster, but he could act as a mentor for young players such as RJ Barrett and Kevin Knox. And as Begley said, Carter could be close to any post-basketball media opportunity in New York.

Needless to say, it’d be a win-win if the Knicks were to make him an offer.

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Ryan Honey is a staff writer and host of the Wide Right Podcast.