Carter has agreed to join the Kings on a one-year, $8 million contract, Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN reports. Carter, at 40-years-old, has decided to join the Kings on a one-year deal and play for his former coach, Dave Joerger. Last season, Carter posted 8.0 points (39.4 percent from the field and 37.8 percent from three), 3.1 rebounds and 1.8 assists across 24.7 minutes per game. It seems unlikely that Carter will see that substantial of a workload with his new team, as the Kings are in a rebuilding phase and are unlikely to crack the postseason. Overall, this move will probably decrease Carter's already small fantasy value.
Carter provided 12 points (4-9 FG, 2-6 3Pt, 2-2 FT), four rebounds, one assist and one steal across 32 minutes Thursday in a 103-96 loss to the Spurs in Game 6. With Tony Allen (leg) missing all six games of the series and Chandler Parsons (knee) shut down for the season, Carter was pressed into extensive duty during in the first round of the playoffs as the Grizzlies' top wing. The 40-year-old is still capable of providing some outside shooting in limited minutes off the bench, but Carter was miscast as a 30-plus-minute starter during the series, which was reflected in his statistical production. He averaged just 9.2 points (on 47.6% shooting), 3.3 rebounds, 1.5 assists and 1.3 three-pointers over the six games. Carter is set to become an unrestricted free agent this offseason, and given that he showed this season he's still a capable NBA rotation player, a number of teams could be interested in bringing him in on a one-year deal if he desires to keep playing.
Carter will start at shooting guard for Tuesday's game against the Spurs. Carter sat out Sunday's game against the Lakers for rest and while he normally comes off the bench, he'll jump back into the starting five Tuesday with Tony Allen (eye) sitting out. In 10 previous starts this season, Carter has averaged 9.7 points, 3.9 rebounds and 2.0 assists across 30.5 minutes, so despite the promotion, only a mild boost in production should be expected.
Carter will not play during Sunday's matchup against the Lakers for rest purposes, Peter Edmiston of The Commercial Appeal reports. The 40-year-old swingman has averaged 30.4 minutes per game over the past 10 contests, likely taking a toll on his body. The Grizzlies will opt to rest him against the struggling Lakers with the playoffs just around the corner. In his absence, James Ennis and Troy Daniels could see additional run.
Carter recorded 21 points (5-8 FG, 4-6 3Pt, 7-7 FT), eight rebounds and one steal over 33 minutes in Wednesday's 110-97 win over the Pacers. Carter continued to hold off Father Time and posted another impressive stat line on Wednesday, draining four of six 3-point attempts along with a perfect score from the charity stripe on the way to 21 points. It's almost impossible to conceive that the 40-year old is holding a roster spot on a playoff contender, much less as a regular starting small forward. Although his production can be a bit erratic, he's enjoying his best month of the season in March, averaging 8.8 points and 2.9 rebounds over 14 contests. Carter's presence on the court is more inspirational than it is relevant from a fantasy perspective, however. There are several forwards out there that can give you more output than Carter, so unless you have a nostalgic bent for a bit of Vinsanity, he can't be depended on for consistent production in most formats.
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