Toronto Raptors Legend Vince Carter has had his say on the team's shocking trade involving DeMar DeRozan and Kawhi Leonard.
DeRozan was sent to the San Antonio Spurs earlier this summer, against his wishes at that, with Leonard going the other way. And the guard has been rather vocal in his criticism of the Raptors' management, having claimed that he was betrayed after proving his loyalty to the organization.
Carter, who spent six years with the Raptors after being selected as the 5th overall pick in the 1998 NBA Draft by the Golden State Warriors, is heading into his 20th season in the league and will be playing with the Atlanta Hawks.
The 41-year-old veteran shooting guard was traded to the New Jersey Nets in 2004, but prior to that had made a huge decision to stay with the team despite everyone thinking he'd leave. The choice turned out to be great for both the Raps and Canada as it raised the country's status, especially in the wake of the Grizzlies leaving Vancouver for Memphis.
And 17 years on, Toronto has experienced another major development involving a high-profile departure.
"I think I’ll just say wow," Carter said in reference to the surprising trade (via Sporting News). "That’s it. Simple as that."
The eight-time NBA All-Star seemed to side with DeRozan, insisting the star should have been allowed to finish his career with the Raptors.
"Let’s say GMs, they have a different view of maybe the city, the player," he continued. "It just depends. DeMar has done so many great things, which he has, and he deserves to finish his career there, especially if he wanted to, like we all know he did. It’s just one of those things where the organization, I guess they are different.
"Who knows if it works or not? If it works, I think everybody forgets about it. If it doesn’t, then it blows up in their face."
Moving on to the subject of his own future, Carter claimed he will be satisfied to sit on the bench and serve as a mentor to younger players coming up in the NBA and isn't too concerned with minutes.
"Let me say, I would love to play on a team - hey, we don’t have a lot of minutes, but I can sit on the bench and we can use you as a mentor," he explained. "It’s easy to do. I probably could have done that anywhere. I still want to play the game. Whatever minutes are there, I want to play the game. I enjoy teaching. I'll do that for any team.