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Vince Carter, 42, to play in NBA-record 22nd season with Atlanta Hawks

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Connor Grott
Atlanta Hawks guard Vince Carter will pass the NBA record of 21 seasons played, which is currently held between Dirk Nowitzki, Kevin Garnett, Robert Parish and Kevin Willis. File Photo by Jason Szenes/EPA-EFE
Atlanta Hawks guard Vince Carter will pass the NBA record of 21 seasons played, which is currently held between Dirk Nowitzki, Kevin Garnett, Robert Parish and Kevin Willis. File Photo by Jason Szenes/EPA-EFE

Aug. 5 (UPI) -- Veteran free agent Vince Carter, 42, reached an agreement to return to the Atlanta Hawks to play in his final NBA season in the 2019-20 campaign.

League sources told ESPN and the Atlanta Journal-Constitution on Monday that Carter agreed to a one-year contract with the Hawks. Financial details of the contract weren't disclosed.

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Carter, an eight-time All-Star selection, will play in an NBA-record 22nd season, his second year with the Hawks. Following the season, the 1999 NBA Rookie of the Year plans to retire, according to ESPN.

The wing player will help mentor the Hawks' young roster, which includes seven players under the age of 23. Carter averaged 7.4 points and 2.6 rebounds in 17.5 minutes per game last season.

Carter will pass Kevin Garnett, Dirk Nowitzki, Robert Parish and Kevin Willis, each of whom appeared in 21 NBA seasons. He has spent time with the Toronto Raptors, then-New Jersey Nets, Orlando Magic, Phoenix Suns, Dallas Mavericks, Memphis Grizzlies, Sacramento Kings and Hawks.

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The above-the-rim star has averaged 17.2 points, 4.4 rebounds and 3.2 assists per game in 1,481 career regular-season games. Carter also won an Olympic gold medal, and captured the NBA dunk contest crown in 2000.

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