The Toronto Raptors can cross off their biggest off-season priority in re-signing Fred VanVleet. Freddy will receive a two-year deal worth $18MM, according to Shams Charania of Yahoo Sports.
The deal will include zero options, as Michael Scotto of The Athletic reports.
This is a good day for VanVleet and other players who do not get drafted, as it shows that hard work and much focus on what you want to achieve can happen. The 24-year old point guard went undrafted in 2016 out of Wichita State.
Now, VanVleet is running the second unit in Toronto and that second unit is the best in the NBA and Freddy has a big part of that.
He posted nice numbers coming off the bench for an average of 20 minutes per game (13-minute increase from rookie year). VanVleet averaged 8.6 PPG and 3.2 APG with a .414 3PT%. He was frequently a part of Toronto’s crunch-time lineups, and was a finalist for the league’s Sixth Man of the Year award.
Lastly, after re-signing VanVleet, the team is about to go into the luxury tax, which means someone or multiple people will be moved. Norman Powell is most likely the first guy to get traded.