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Toronto Raptors

Vince Carter on a potential return to the Toronto Raptors: 'It would be a cool situation'

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Vince Carter received a warm welcome in Toronto at the 2019 Finals (NBA Getty Images)

Vince Carter has spent 21 seasons in the NBA with eight different franchises, but he'll never forget that it all began in Toronto.

Ahead of what he says will be his final season, the 42-year-old free agent was asked during an interview at his basketball camp what it would mean to 'put a bow' on his Hall of Fame career by finishing up in the place he spent the first 6.5 seasons of his career.

"It would be a cool situation," Carter said. "It's all about if the situation works, if that's something Toronto wants to do - obviously, the fans kinda want that to happen - but it has to be something the organization wants and feels they need my services."

The eight-time All-Star continued, reiterating that it would be a cool situation and adding that even if him joining the Raptors for his final season doesn't work out, the feelings and emotions of what he owes to the city and organization remain as strong as ever.

Carter referenced the Raptors winning the 2019 NBA title, a feat that would not be possible without his contributions during his time in the North. Vinsanity was a member of Toronto's first playoff team in 2000 and led the team to its first postseason series victory in 2001 before falling one win short of the Eastern Conference Finals.

After being acquired in the 1998 NBA Draft, Carter appeared in 403 games with the Raptors, earning five All-Star selections and two All-NBA selections. He is the franchise's all-time leader in points per game (23.4) and is in the top-five in total points scored, blocks, steals and made 3-pointers among other statistical categories.

While Toronto's roster currently stands at 20, just 12 contracts are fully guaranteed. As training camp approaches, the team still has the flexibility to potentially add Carter, who averaged 7.4 points, 2.6 rebounds and 1.1 assists over 76 games with the Atlanta Hawks in the 2018-19 season.

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