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Report: 4 NBA Teams Expected to Pursue Fred VanVleet in Free Agency

Fred VanVleet
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Guard Fred VanVleet has developed into one of the most important players on the Toronto Raptors.

During the 2019-20 regular season, he averaged 17.6 points, 3.8 rebounds, 6.6 assists and 1.9 steals per game, all of which marked career-highs.

VanVleet is set to become an unrestricted free agent this offseason and The Athletic’s Shams Charania reports that three teams besides the Raptors are expected to pursue him.

“VanVleet is a shoe free agent and has multiple suitors for a new deal, sources say,” wrote Charania. “And on the court, expect a strong market for the free-agent-to-be: Detroit, New York and Phoenix are expected to emerge as suitors for VanVleet outside Toronto, sources said.”

The 26-year-old would be a solid addition for each of those three teams, all of whom missed the playoffs this season.

With his performances this season, VanVleet has undoubtedly played himself into a big payday.

Back in December, ESPN’s Bobby Marks reported that VanVleet could command around $25 million to $30 million per season during free agency.

The Wichita State University product has averaged 10.5 points, 2.6 rebounds and 4.1 assists per game throughout his career.


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