Toronto Raptors point guard Fred VanVleet becomes an unrestricted free agent this offseason and he’s probably going to be pursued by a number of teams on the open market.
However, the Raptors are expected to re-sign VanVleet and could pay him something along the lines of what Malcolm Brogdon got from the Indiana Pacers in the summer of 2019, per Stefan Bondy of the New York Daily News.
Fred VanVleet, 26, can soon afford many, many, many Corvettes. In the 2020 free-agent class, he’ll likely command the third-biggest contract behind Anthony Davis and Brandon Ingram (who are both expected to re-sign with their respective teams). People around the league view Malcolm Brogdon’s deal last year with the Pacers as VanVleet’s comparison, which means in the neighborhood of four years, $85 million.
VanVleet averaged 17.6 points, 3.8 rebounds and 6.6 assists per game for the Raptors in 2019-20. He shot 41.3 percent from the field, 39.0 percent from beyond the arc and 84.8 percent from the free-throw line.
Raptors All-Star point guard Kyle Lowry only has one year left on his contract and is getting older. With that being said, Toronto would be foolish to let VanVleet walk in free agency since he’s proven to be such a valuable contributor for them.
The New York Knicks, Detroit Pistons and Phoenix Suns are said to have interest in VanVleet. But don’t be surprised if the Rockford, Illinois native and the Raptors agree to a new deal rather quickly once the 2020 free agency period begins.