Hawks Trading Vince Carter To Lakers Or Celtics?
Are the Hawks trading Vince Carter to the Lakers or Celtics?
Carter, 42, has put together the sort of campaign we have come to expect from him in Atlanta this year.
For the season he is averaging 5.1 points and 2.1 rebounds per game in 15 minutes of action. Those totals are down a bit from last year, but not much.
Similarly his shooting percentages are down this year, but he is usually able to work himself out of these sorts of funks.
While his veteran presence on the Hawks has no doubt been beneficial for all involved, there is no denying that he doesn’t have much time left in the league.
If Carter is ever going to win a ring, it’ll be this year – and it won’t be on an Atlanta squad that is 5-16 through 21 games.
It makes sense for the Hawks to deal Carter, and it makes an equal amount of sense for him to join a contender.
“Every player wants a ring and that’s always been a goal and a dream of mine,” Carter said during an interview with ESPN a few months ago.
“But I also still want to play (minutes) and be on the bench 10-13 games in a row.”
So, who would this contender be?
Well, the Lakers would make a lot of sense. Obviously Los Angeles held out hope that calling the Memphis Grizzlies’ bluff on Andre Iguodala would work, but it has not. Grizzlies brass does not seem to want to cut him.
It is now time to move to Plan B – and Carter could be a poor man’s version of what Iguodala would have been. Particularly if Carter breaks out of his shooting slump.
Boston would also be a logical choice. The Celtics obviously need a legitimate big more than anything else, but bringing in Carter could provide some support for the chronically injured Jaylen Brown.
Through 19 games this season, Brown has already missed three of them.
Either way, regardless of whether Carter goes to Los Angeles, Boston or some place else – here’s to hoping that he finds himself on a championship contender at some point this year.