Per Darnell Mayberry at The Oklahoman:
Report: Oklahoma City Thunder considering free agent guard Vince Carter http://t.co/VygRHAp0KV— Darnell Mayberry (@DarnellMayberry) July 1, 2014
Carter spent his last three seasons with Dallas as a sixth man where as he appeared in 81 games in each of the past two seasons, and averaged 11.9 points per game this past year. He previously had signed a $9.3 million contract that paid him $3.18 million in 2013-2014.
Why this move makes sense for the Thunder
Vince Carter could fit the bill as an inexpensive option but comes with plenty of experience. Once known for his high-flying play, Carter has remade himself into an exceptional 6th man and 3-point shooter. He could play as a starter or come off the bench as sixth man player. Despite the fact that he is 37 years old, he is a reliable asset on the bench. Carter shot 39.4% from behind the arc in the last season, and 40.6% in the 2012-2013 season, and as an overall career percentage, he shot 37.8% from the 3-point line. He can be that player that the Thunder need.
Why this move does NOT make sense for the Thunder
The Thunder are interested in acquiring a defensive minded shooting guard in the mold of Sefolosha, which Vince Carter isn't. He could play as a starter, but as he is in the twilight of his career, it is questionable whether Carter can put forth 25 minutes a night for a full season AND be ready to go for a deep playoff run.
What is the likelihood of this happening?
1-10 scale: 6
The team is in need for a back up scorer on the bench, and Carter would fit in that spot especially that signing him wouldn't cost the team much. Carter actually had a lower cap number last year than Sefolosha did, so if OKC can entice him to leave the confines of Dallas for a similar number, the Thunder could promise him a big chance to contribute for a contender.
Carter is going to be valuable to some team in the post season; the question is which team is the right one for him. If his health remains solid, Carter's skillset and experience can go a long ways toward shoring up what OKC lacked last year.Also, signing Vince Carter would benefit the team more than re-signing Caron Butler as he is more constant and dependable at this stage of his career.