Vince Carter entered the NBA's stage in the shadows of a work stoppage.

He'll soon enter free agency under the same labour cloud.

In 1998, the Raptors became relevant with Carter as the cornerstone piece once the NBA and its player' union struck a deal that featured a 30-game schedule.

Carter has now become borderline irrelevant, his game almost as messed up as the system that runs the business of basketball.

When he becomes a free agent, regardless of the system that's in place, it's anyone's guess where Carter ends up playing.

His scoring at a career low, his three-point shooting at a career low, Carter may be best suited as a role player coming off the bench next season.