As the offseason approaches, teams are starting to eye possible targets they hope can improve their stock for next year. The whispers from up north are that the Toronto Raptors may be interested in Vince Carter, but there has to be more to it than just basketball.
This year the Raptors announced rapper Drake (Aubrey Graham) as the new ambassador of the team. I’m not quite sure who the old ambassador was for Toronto, but that is neither here nor there. But the position of Drake has yet to be defined clearly and most assume the partnership is in relation to how attractive the Raptors may look to possible free agents, hence the interest in Carter.
The 37-year-old veteran has clearly seen better days and is on the last leg of his career. He had a nice revival of “Vinsanity” in the series against the San Antonio Spurs this postseason, but there is not much Carter would be able to do for the Raptors if we are being honest. His 11.9 points and 3.5 rebounds per game for the Dallas Mavericks are not spectacular by any means. Yes, he could help mentor the youthful talent that is uprising in the Raptors’ organization, but he should not be a hot commodity in the free agent market unless there is something more to gain.
If Carter were acquired, the feel good story of his career coming full circle would be cake for the media to eat up. The ticket sales would boom in Toronto meaning more money, more money and more money for the ambassador.
Drake has been on the record stating that he was a big Vince fan when he was growing up watching the Raptors play in his hometown of Toronto. Is it just a coincidence that after this hip-hop mogul joined his local basketball team in a business venture, interest would spark in a former player past his prime? Be careful Toronto, and tread lightly for the path you are heading down is a slippery one.