Fred VanVleet was signed as an undrafted free agent by the Toronto Raptors in 2016 and has since developed into a star player for them. He will be a free agent this offseason and his excellent play should earn him a big contract.
VanVleet averaged just 2.9 points per game his rookie season but has improved each year. He developed into a key player off the bench last season and averaged eight points per game in the postseason, as he helped the Raptors win their first championship.
This season, he earned a spot in Toronto’s starting lineup and averaged a career-high 17.6 points, 6.6 assists and 1.9 steals per game.
He has been even better in the postseason, averaging 19.6 points, 7.3 assists and 1.6 steals per game. He has stepped up and helped the Raptors tie their second round series with the Celtics at two games apiece after dropping the first two games of the series.
VanVleet previously stated that it would be ideal for him to re-sign with the Raptors but he will generate plenty of interest from other teams if the two sides can’t agree on a deal. Rumors have linked the New York Knicks, who desperately need a point guard, as one of the teams with a lot of interest in signing VanVleet.
For now, VanVleet is focused on helping the Raptors try to defend their title, but he will be a sought after free agent when this season ends.