DALLAS -- Vince Carter becomes a free agent on July 1, but has a strong desire to re-sign with the Dallas Mavericks.
And the feeling is apparently mutual.
"The right situation is what it's all about,'' Carter said of his free agent status. "At this point in my career I just want to play for teams that compete for a championship.
"I just want that opportunity is what I’m looking for.''
Carter, 37, was one of the most productive Mavs players this season. The 15-year veteran averaged 11.9 points in only 24.4 minutes per game this season whike shooting 40.7 percent from the field and 39.4 percent from 3-point range.
In the seven-game playoff series against San Antonio, Carter was even more productive as he averaged 12.6 points in just 27.1 minutes per game. He also shot 45.6 percent from the field and a robust 48.4 percent from beyond the 3-point arc against the Spurs.
While Carter would like to spend the rest of his career with the Mavs, he responded to rumors that the Toronto Raptors would like for him to retire with their organization.
"Really,'' asked Carter, who was drafted by the Raptors in 1998 and played for Toronto until 2004. "I didn’t know that.
"I think more than anything I’m hoping that a lot of teams that appreciate, at my age, what I bring to the table. My love for the game hasn't changed from when I was s a younger guy.''
Neither has Carter's desire to win.
"I want to win even more now just because I’ve seen it all and been around it, and I enjoy competing and playing with guys who want to win and who want to compete,'' he said. "If that’s the case, then I’m very thankful that what I’ve done and the body of work that I’ve accomplished and laid down in the last couple of years is appreciated and teams feel like that’s something they want.''
Carter earned $3.18 million this season.
-- Dwain Price
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