ATLANTA—The Hawks had a super-busy day for late July, officially acquiring forward Carmelo Anthony (and a lottery-protected first-rounder in 2022) in the afternoon ... and then reportedly agreeing to terms with forward Vince Carter in the evening (estimated salary: 1 year, $2.4 million).
For those scoring at home, that's two future Hall of Famers in the same day.
Now for the downer news: The Hawks will most likely waive Anthony in the coming days, thus allowing him to sign with a title contender (Houston?), after absorbing his entire $27.9 million salary for 2018-19 in the trade with Oklahoma City.
And Carter, despite being an eight-time All-Star and two-time All-NBA performer, turns 42 in January.
But hey, at least the Hawks' marketing department should have the green light to print Vinsanity and Linsanity T-shirts and posters, citing the additions of Carter (NBA's 27th all-time scorer) and point guard Jeremy Lin, who'll share the backcourt duties with rookie Trae Young.
Speaking of which, Carter was drafted in June 1998 ... or three months' prior to Young being born.
At this point, however, the rebuilding Hawks aren't really paying Carter (averaged 5.4 points, 2.6 rebounds with Sacramento last year) for on-court heroics.
The 20-year NBA veteran (Raptors, Nets, Magic, Suns, Mavericks, Grizzlies, Kings) will likely merit greater value as a mentor to Atlanta's young guns (Young, John Collins, Kevin Huerter, Omari Spellman).