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Imagine this, Raptors fan: Vince Carter is back playing with Toronto in the final years of his career.
Kyle Lowry, another all-time great Raptors, claims he’s trying to finish it.
“I don’t know if anyone knows this,” Lowry said on the retired cast podcast, “The VC show with Vince Carter.”
“But I tried to get Vince back with us (the Raptors) at one point. I want Vince. I’m trying.”
Carter then chuckled at Lowry’s comment, then reiterated one of Raptors fans’ biggest dreams.
“We had a conversation,” Carter laughed.
Unfortunately, that never happened, and whether it made sense for an aging player to fill the role for the duration of the Raptors championship – although Lowry did not specify when he tried to lure Carter back to Toronto – seeing Carter in a Raptors jersey must have left fans in awe.
Carter was reportedly on the Raptors’ radar in 2018 and 2019 as a target for potential buy or trade deadlines, but nothing came of it, especially considering Carter was in his 40s at the time.
Despite all the high-profile drama about Carter’s departure from the Raptors in late 2004, Lowry said “Vinsanity” was intrigued.
“I’m like one of the biggest supporters of trying to bring him back to Toronto,” Lowry continued. “And Vince is in it.”
“So, you guys didn’t think Vince wouldn’t be coming back to Toronto? It’s fake.”
But in the end, “business is business,” Lowry said, and the move obviously never worked.
Lowry, who moved to the Miami Heat after the 2020-21 season on contract, returned to Toronto this week to participate in his former coach Nick Nurse’s charity golf tournament. He also said on a podcast with Carter that there’s no doubt he’ll be retiring as the Toronto Raptor, something he’s mentioned in the past.
Carter, who played for the Raptors from 1998 to 2004, was rookie of the year in 1999 and helped lead Toronto to their first playoff spot in 2000.
Carter retired in 2020, having played a record 22 NBA seasons.
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