Vince Carter’s brief retirement is over.
Six months after exiting the NBA following his record-setting 22nd season in 2019-20, the eight-time All-Star signed a multiyear contract as an NBA and college basketball analyst with ESPN on Thursday.
He previously appeared on multiple ESPN platforms as a guest analyst.
Carter, 43, was the No. 5 overall pick in the 1998 NBA Draft and played his first six-plus seasons with the Toronto Raptors, winning the Rookie of the Year award in 1999 and the NBA Dunk Contest in 2000. He made eight consecutive All-Star teams from 2000-07.
The Atlanta Hawks were the final stop of Carter’s NBA journey, as he spent the past two seasons as a veteran presence on a young team. He also played with the New Jersey Nets (2004-09), Orlando Magic (2009-10), Phoenix Suns (2010-11), Dallas Mavericks (2011-14), Memphis Grizzlies (2014-17) and Sacramento Kings (2017-18).
Carter averaged more than 20 points per game in 10 seasons, with a career high of 27.6 in 2000-01.
He retired with career averages of 16.7 points, 4.3 rebounds and 3.1 assists per game.
The North Carolina product played 60 games for the Hawks in the 2019-20 season, averaging 5.0 points in 14.6 minutes per game. He played his final game on March 11, as the Hawks were not among the teams who finished the coronavirus-interrupted season at the NBA bubble near Orlando, Fla.