One of the most coveted free agency players this year, Fred VanVleet remains a Toronto Raptor.
A source close to the team confirmed a report on Saturday that the Raptors re-signed the 26-year-old to a four-year, $ 85 million deal with the United States, keeping one of the best backcourts intact. of the league.
“Mr. Bet On Yourself ”was not drafted in 2016 and therefore signed with Toronto for the Summer League. He went from being a standout player with the Toronto G League affiliate 905 Raptors to being a key cog in the thrilling 2019 Toronto Championship run.
The image of VanVleet lying on the ground in Toronto’s victory in Game 4 of the final at Golden State, his front tooth chipped and blood streaming down his cheek, will be one of the most memorable of the thrilling race. .
Last season, he started alongside Kyle Lowry and averaged 17.6 points and 6.6 assists while shooting 39 percent in threes on nearly seven attempts per game.
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He’s a workaholic in defense, leading the NBA in deviations. He was fourth for thefts.
VanVleet made Raptors fans sweat when he recently said on the JJ Redick podcast: “I never said it publicly, but I’m not shy, I’m trying to get paid. championship, now it’s time to cash in. I just want to feel my value is mutual on the other side. “
The Raptors had said over and over that securing VanVleet was their biggest offseason task, and they had been quietly confident they would succeed.
Toronto will begin its season, which begins on December 22, south of the border, playing in Tampa, Florida, due to border restrictions from COVID-19.
Training camps open on December 1st.
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In other free agent movements on Saturday:
- The Charlotte Hornets have wanted Gordon Hayward for years. On Saturday, they finally landed him, according to Priority Sports, the agency that represents the veteran striker. Hayward, 30, would sign a four-year contract worth $ 120 million.
- The Atlanta Hawks have added guard Kris Dunn on a two-year, $ 10 million contract, a person familiar with the move told The The Bharat Express News. The move came after Atlanta also landed Danilo Gallinari on Friday on a three-year contract.
- Miami has agreed to a two-year deal starting at $ 5.9 million with top defensive guard Avery Bradley, who spent last season with the Los Angeles Lakers, Agent Charles Briscoe said. Bradley has averaged 11.8 points in his career. The second year of this agreement is at the Heat option.
- Forward Jae Crowder, a big part of Miami’s run to the NBA Finals last season, has agreed to a three-year contract worth nearly $ 30 million to join the Phoenix Suns, according to someone familiar with these negotiations. Crowder became a starter last season for the Heat and averaged 12.0 points in the Miami playoffs.