VanVleet explained his desire to get paid this offseason after he went undrafted out of Wichita State University.
The 26-year-old spent the past four years with Toronto, but this offseason will be his first chance to cash in on a major contract.
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“I’ve never really talked about it publicly, but I’ll share with you guys,” VanVleet said. “I’m trying to get paid. I’m not shy about that. I don’t have to tell people that I value winning. Just look at my story, do your research, I’ve never been on a losing team in my entire life. That’s what I’m about and that’s just what it is.
“I won a championship and now it’s time to cash out. I’m 26, I feel like, I’m only four years in, but I feel like I’m on the verge of blossoming even more with more of a lead role and just taking more responsibility in my game.”
For his career, VanVleet has averaged 10.5 points, 2.6 rebounds and 4.1 assists per game.
Last season he made a big leap, averaging 17.6 points, 3.8 rebounds and 6.6 assists per game. All of those numbers were career-highs for VanVleet.