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Vince Carter, NBA’s oldest active player, isn’t done yet. Here’s what’s next for him

Vince Carter is preparing for his 21st NBA season, but it won’t be with the Kings. The NBA’s oldest active player has reportedly agreed to a one-year deal with the Atlanta Hawks.
Vince Carter is preparing for his 21st NBA season, but it won’t be with the Kings. The NBA’s oldest active player has reportedly agreed to a one-year deal with the Atlanta Hawks. hamezcua@sacbee.com

The Kings have one of the youngest rosters in the NBA. The team’s average age just got significantly lower.

Vince Carter, who is the oldest active player in the league, has reportedly agreed to a one-year deal with the Atlanta Hawks on Wednesday.

Several media outlets, including ESPN and Yahoo Sports, have reported the move. The deal is said to be for $2.4 million, much less than the $8 million he got from Sacramento last season.

But Carter told The Bee in January he’s not playing for the money.

“I’ve worked extra hard just to be able to last because I love this game,” Carter said. “It’s not a money thing. Obviously you want to be compensated for what you bring to the table, I get that, but it’s not the end of the world. I put the extra work in, whatever the case may be to be able to do this, to play games, to compete.”

Carter, 41, averaged 5.4 points, 2.6 rebounds and 1.2 assists in 58 games with the Kings, mostly in a reserve role.

The eight-time All-Star is one of three active NBA players to have played in the 1990s, the others being Dallas Mavericks forward Dirk Nowitzki and Milwaukee Bucks guard Jason Terry.

According to the Elias Sports Bureau, Carter has the second-most teammates in NBA history.

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">228 different players have played at least one game as a teammate of Vince Carter’s. <br><br>According to <a href="https://twitter.com/EliasSports?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@EliasSports</a> that is the 2nd-most for any player in NBA history, trailing only Juwan Howard with 236 <a href="https://t.co/3dhuGpSCyD">pic.twitter.com/3dhuGpSCyD</a></p>&mdash; ESPN Stats &amp; Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) <a href="https://twitter.com/ESPNStatsInfo/status/1022269575600267265?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">July 25, 2018</a></blockquote> <script async src="https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script>

As for his former team, which recently signed forward Nemanja Bjelica and guard Yogi Ferrell, the Kings aren’t done making moves. There are 18 players listed on the roster (Carter and Nigel Hayes, who was waived, still appear on the team’s website), but they’ll have to get down to 15 before the season starts.

Celtics legend Bill Russell gave a one-finger salute to Sacramento Kings veteran Vince Carter during a summer league game. Though it's unclear what prompted the gesture from Russell, it's clear it was all in good fun between the two.

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