NBA Free Agency 2020: The Toronto Raptors and guard Fred VanVleet reached a new agreement Saturday. Brian Jungreis, VanVleet’s agent, told Shams Charania of The Athletic and Stadium the deal will be worth $85 million over four years with a player option for the final season.
VanVleet steadily moved from a little-used reserve into an impact starter over the past four years with the Toronto Raptors.
VanVleet’s desire to remain in Toronto paired with the fact that he emerged as a valuable contributor for the organization since going undrafted in 2016 makes the new deal no surprise.
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“I’ve been here. This is the team that gave me my chance, I think we understand that. I’m not gonna speak too much on free agency this year just ’cause it’s a business and I have to do what’s best for me and my family,” he said. “But, I mean, I’ve been on record about how I feel about this place. This organization knows how I feel about this place. So in a perfect world, we know what would happen.” said the Toronto Raptors guard.
BREAKING: Fred VanVleet is reportedly getting big money to return to the Raptors. 💰 pic.twitter.com/vuF6nsNrmw
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How good was Fred VanVleet for the Toronto Raptors?
Fred VanVleet had an immense impact at both ends of the court last season. He was 10th among all shooting guards in ESPN’s Real-Plus Minus with a positive rating.
The 26-year-old displayed his best statistical season to date in the 2019-20 NBA season. He averaged 17.6 points, 6.6 assists, 3.8 rebounds, and 1.9 steals while shooting 39.0 percent from three-point range.
He will continue to play a significant role in the Raptors’ backcourt, and further advancement in his shot selection and offensive efficiency could allow him to reach an All-Star level.
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