NBA free agency: Fred VanVleet reportedly staying with Raptors on 4-year, $85M contract

The Raptors on Saturday took another coveted piece off the NBA free agency board by reaching a contract agreement with point guard Fred VanVleet.

VanVleet, who went undrafted out of Wichita State, re-signed with the Raptors for four years and $85 million, according to Shams Charania of The Athletic, who added that the fourth year is a player option. 

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A playoff hero in Toronto’s 2019 title run, VanVleet assumed a larger offensive role last season, starting 54 games and averaging career highs with 17.6 points and 6.6 assists per game.

The news comes one day after the Canadian government denied the Raptors’ appeal of national travel restrictions designed to slow the spread of COVID-19, forcing the team to play home games — at least to start the season — in Tampa, Fla.

The Raptors will likely now turn their attention to their frontcourt, where Serge Ibaka and Marc Gasol are unrestricted free agents.

Gasol has been expected to move elsewhere, while Ibaka has been linked to joining Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving on the Nets.

With the Lakers’ Anthony Davis and the Pelicans’ Brandon Ingram expected to re-sign with their teams, perhaps the top available player is now restricted free agent Bogdan Bogdanovic, who averaged 15.1 points per game with the Kings last season.

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