Vince Carter, 41, to play 21st NBA season

Vince Carter will reportedly return to the NBA for a 21st season at the age of 41.

The free-agent forward has agreed to a one-year, $2.4 million deal with the Atlanta Hawks, ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski reported Wednesday, citing league sources.

Carter, who will turn 42 in January, will be playing for his eighth NBA team in a career that started with the 1998-99 season. The eight-time All-Star has scored 24,868 points so far.

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He played with the Sacramento Kings last season, averaging 5.4 points.

One of Carter’s new teammates in Atlanta, rookie guard Trae Young, wasn’t even born yet when Carter was drafted out of North Carolina on June 24, 1998. Young was born nearly three months after the 1998 NBA draft on Sept. 19, 1998.

Despite the age difference, Carter and Young share a similar draft experience, with both going fifth overall and both being traded on draft night. Carter was drafted by the Golden State Warriors and traded to the Toronto Raptors, while Young was originally drafted by the Dallas Mavericks before being traded to the Hawks.