Fred VanVleet was not selected in the 2016 NBA Draft.
Now he’s an 85 million dollar man.
Toronto took a chance on him, developed him, and VanVleet turned into one of the most productive players in the NBA. VanVleet rewarded Toronto’s confidence in him, and the Raptors rewarded VanVleet’s play as the two teams struck a four-year, $ 85 million free agency deal, agent Brian Jungreis told USA TODAY on Saturday. Sports.
The 26-year-old 6-foot-1 goaltender has improved every season in the league, averaging 11 points and 4.8 assists in Toronto’s 2018-19 championship season and averaging 17.6 points and 6.6 assists shooting 39% on 3 points in 2019-20.
He’s an integral part of the Raptors and he got the contract. The Raptors try to keep their core of Kyle Lowry, Pascal Siakam and VanVleet together while adding around them.
After winning the title in 2019, the Raptors lost to the Boston Celtics in seven games in the Eastern Conference semifinals.
The Raptors will play in Tampa, Florida this season due to COVID-19 restrictions in Canada.