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Carter, 42, to play swan song season with Hawks

Vince Carter, the league’s oldest player, will return for a record 22nd season, the Hawks officially announced on Friday.

The Hawks are bringing the 42-year-old, eight-time All-Star back for a second season. Last season, he averaged 7.4 points and 2.6 rebounds in 76 games and 17 minutes per game for the rebuilding Hawks.

If Carter sticks with the team through the New Year, he will be the first player in NBA history to appear in a game in four different decades, according to Elias Sports Bureau research.

Carter announced in August that 2019-2020 will be his final season.

The Hawks are Carter’s eighth team. The one-time Rookie of the Year and 2000 Slam Dunk champ has scored 25,430 total points over seasons with the Toronto Raptors, New Jersey Nets, Orlando Magic, Phoenix Suns, Dallas Mavericks and Sacramento Kings.

Over 1,481 games, Carter has career averages of 17.2 points, 4.4 rebounds, 3.2 assists and 1.0 steals in 30.7 minutes.

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