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Count on Fred VanVleet to be a well-liked participant in free company this summer time.
ESPN’s Ramona Shelburne mentioned throughout an look on Sportsnet’s Tim and Associates present Wednesday that she anticipated the veteran level guard to have curiosity from groups throughout the NBA come free company:
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“Free agent-wise… there’s gonna be some curiosity in [Fred VanVleet] throughout the league.”
Ramona Shelburne thinks FVV will get some appears within the offseason, however do you suppose the Raptors will commerce him earlier than the deadline? pic.twitter.com/QfnrTMqGjU
Whereas VanVleet has a $22.8 million participant possibility for the 2023-24 season, B/R’s Chris Haynes reported Tuesday that he is “anticipated to say no the choice and take a look at free company within the offseason.”
One fascinating side of VanVleet’s future in Toronto shall be whether or not he develops a commerce market forward of the Feb. 9 deadline because the Raptors (21-27) proceed to wrestle this season. Getting again belongings for a participant who would possibly depart in free company would make sense for the Raptors if they do not consider they will battle again into the playoff image.
Kevin O’Connor of The Ringer reported Tuesday that the Los Angeles Clippers are “actively on the lookout for an improve over Reggie Jackson at level guard” and have proven curiosity in Mike Conley, Kyle Lowry and VanVleet.
B/R’s Eric Pincus added on Wednesday that the Miami Warmth, Los Angeles Lakers, Clippers, Minnesota Timberwolves, Dallas Mavericks, Phoenix Suns, Washington Wizards and Orlando Magic would have curiosity in buying VanVleet in a commerce if the Raptors store him.
VanVleet, 28, is not having his finest season, averaging 19.1 factors and 6.3 assists whereas capturing simply 38.8 % from the sector and 34.4 % from three. He is barely miscast as Toronto’s No. 2 scorer and prime playmaker, and a state of affairs the place he shouldered much less of the offensive duty would make sense, both in a commerce or by way of free company.
Whereas he is additionally a tenacious on-ball defender, his 6’1″ and 197-pound body could make him one thing of a matchup legal responsibility come the postseason as groups attempt to capitalize on his dimension drawback.
Nonetheless, level guards who can rating from the perimeter are worthwhile, and VanVleet is firmly in his prime. He additionally brings management and a successful pedigree to the desk, having gained a title with the Kawhi Leonard-led Raptors within the 2018-19 season.
It is not exhausting to see contending groups doubtlessly viewing him as the ultimate piece wanted to compete for titles, both earlier than the commerce deadline or this summer time in free company. So he will have suitors, and his future goes to be an interesting subplot to trace in each the weeks and months to come back.