Filling the shooting guard hole will be an important topic until it's filled, and though it would rip out some part of a vital organ to take him, Vince Carter is worth considering if bought out.
Okay, I considered it. Nope.
In theory, Vince Carter could help with shot creation, ball handling, and shooting. I think even at this stage of his career that he's not a player a team would leave alone to double team someone else. That alone would make him somewhat useful.
However, Vince was always a suspicious effort guy and his declining physical abilities combined with questionable motivational ones leave his defense somewhere between train wreck and gauging out your eyes with a spoon to avoid watching it.
On top of some league worst caliber defense, Carter's offense disappears in the clutch. He becomes a sub 40% fade away jumpshot heaver which isn't helping anyone's offense. On top of all of that, he lost the explosiveness he used to rely on and has declined considerably with age.
Don't expect it to get any better this year as he turns 35.
Even at the minimum I'm unconvinced of Carter as a solution. He's a career quitter, career whiner, career lazy defender, and sets a terrible example for everyone else. His skills make him worth dealing with at one million a year, but he'll put in about 1/10th the effort of anyone else you sign at that price.
Quite frankly, he'll be a mental drag on the locker room possibly disrupting the energy and play of the rest of the team which easily outweighs any productivity he adds.
The idea isn't completely without appeal though. I would like his skills for the second unit, and it'd be nice to have a guy to throw into games to score some points when the offense is stalling. The team lacks all around offensive players, and Carter can drive, shoot, handle, and post up some.
Unfortunately, those skills come in a package with no other redeeming qualities. There's no way in hell he can play against the Miami Heat while LeBron and Wade are on the floor at once, the defensive liability is too great. In general, he's a horrific clutch player as well, so whatever you get from his skills is in the less important minutes.
In the end, there's simply no reason to take a chance on a guy who can hurt the entire team vibe to enhance the bench scoring some.
With Vince Carter the downside risk simply outweighs the upside potential even on the cheap.