The Atlanta Hawks seem increasingly unlikely to bring back veteran Vince Carter. Carter is focused on joining a team where he can play valuable minutes, while the Hawks are focused on giving their young wings minutes.
Vince Carter was one of the pleasant surprises on last year’s Atlanta Hawks roster. Carter came up with key buckets often and was an obvious influence over the Hawk’s young roster. Bringing him back for another year seemed to be the obvious move.
The Hawks, however, are focused on youth and seem unlikely to commit the number of minutes Carter will want to resign.
Meaning for Atlanta to land Carter they will have to be one of his last options. It seems likely a team with fewer pieces than Atlanta will be able to offer Carter more minutes.
Though it seems doubtful they will, Atlanta should value Carter’s leadership enough to give him the minutes required to sign the veteran. He has proven his ability to get a bucket when his team needs it.
He also brings the ability to improve his teammates balancing out any minutes the Hawks young players would lose.
Carter averaged 7.4-points per game last season in limited action. Though it is hard to measure his value to Atlanta in stats alone.
The longer he stays on the market the better chances seem he would return to Atlanta. Carter could be the veteran presence the Hawks need to finally push them back into the playoffs this season.
With a talented young core Atlanta seems to be on the verge of returning to relevance. De’Andre Hunter and Cam Reddish should improve a young core of Kevin Huerter, Trae Young, and John Collins. Offering Atlanta the chance to return to the playoffs and no available player would better fill out their roster then Vince Carter.