Lowry says he tried to get Vince Carter to return to the Raptors

Imagine this, Raptors fans: Vince Carter returning to play with Toronto in the final years of his career.

Kyle Lowry, another all-time Raptors great, claimed he tried to get it done.

“I don’t know if anybody knew this,” Lowry said on the retired player’s podcast, “The VC Show with Vince Carter.”

“But I tried to get Vince back with us (the Raptors) at one point. I wanted Vince. I was trying.”

Carter then chuckles at Lowry’s comment, then confirms one of the biggest “what ifs” of Raptors’ fans dreams.

“We had conversations,” Carter laughs.

Unfortunately, it never happened, and whether it would’ve made sense for an aging player to fill a role during the Raptors championship run — though Lowry didn’t specify when he was trying to lure Carter back to Toronto — seeing Carter in a Raptors jersey would’ve definitely made fans misty eyed.

Carter was reportedly on the Raptors radar in 2018 and 2019 as a potential buyout or trade deadline target, but nothing came to fruition, especially considering Carter was in his 40s at the time.

Despite all the well known drama about Carter’s unceremonious exit from the Raptors in late 2004, Lowry said “Vinsanity” was interested.

“I was like one of the biggest advocates to try to get him back into Toronto,” Lowry continued. “And Vince was all in.”

“So you people who didn’t think Vince wasn’t all in coming back to Toronto? It’s bogus.”

But ultimately, “business is business,” Lowry said, and the move obviously was never successful.

Lowry, who moved on to the Miami Heat following the 2020-21 season in a sign-and-trade, returned to Toronto this week to participate in his former coach Nick Nurse’s charity golf tournament. He also said on the podcast with Carter that there is no doubt he’ll retire as a Toronto Raptor, something he’s mentioned in the past.

Carter, who played for the Raptors from 1998 to 2004, was rookie of the year in 1999 and helped lead Toronto to their first playoff berth in 2000.

Carter retired in 2020, after playing a record 22 NBA seasons.


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