The Raptors on Saturday took one other coveted piece off the NBA free company board by reaching a contract settlement with level guard Fred VanVleet.
VanVleet, who went undrafted out of Wichita State, re-signed with the Raptors for 4 years and $85 million, according to Shams Charania of The Athletic, who added that the fourth yr is a participant possibility.
A playoff hero in Toronto’s 2019 title run, VanVleet assumed a bigger offensive function final season, beginning 54 video games and averaging profession highs with 17.6 factors and 6.6 assists per sport.
The information comes in the future after the Canadian authorities denied the Raptors’ enchantment of nationwide journey restrictions designed to sluggish the unfold of COVID-19, forcing the crew to play house video games — at the least to begin the season — in Tampa, Fla.
The Raptors will doubtless now flip their consideration to their frontcourt, the place Serge Ibaka and Marc Gasol are unrestricted free brokers.
Gasol has been anticipated to maneuver elsewhere, whereas Ibaka has been linked to becoming a member of Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving on the Nets.
With the Lakers’ Anthony Davis and the Pelicans’ Brandon Ingram anticipated to re-sign with their groups, maybe the highest out there participant is now restricted free agent Bogdan Bogdanovic, who averaged 15.1 factors per sport with the Kings final season.