The Atlanta Hawks may be in the midst of a rebuild but that doesn’t mean there isn’t room for a veteran to add his experience and an occasional windmill dunk into the mix. The Hawks signed 41-year old, 20-year veteran guard Vince Carter to a one-year deal earlier today.

The Olympic gold medalist and eight-time NBA All-Star (his last appearance was in 2006-07 season with New Jersey) comes to Atlanta after having played 58 games for the Sacremento Kings last season. Carter averaged 5.4 points and 2.6 rebounds per game last season in a limited role.

The former University of North Carolina All-American will most likely be playing the same role for a Hawks team that will have Taurean Prince and Kent Bazemore starting and playing the majority of the minutes at the shooting guard and small forward spots. Carter’s veteran presence will be equally as valauble to the team as his occassional dunks and three-pointers (Carter shot well from distance last season, going 57-165, a .345 percentage).

Carter, 41, averaged just 5 points and just under three rebounds per game for the Kings last season, but will be added to Hawks roster as more of a veteran presence than anything else. Photo credit: NBA.com

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