The Raptors have a number of key free agents; namely Fred VanVleet, Serge Ibaka and Marc Gasol. And in that exact order, that’s the priority for the team in retaining them. Per multiple reports, VanVleet will be sticking around. Via the Toronto Star:
Fred VanVleet, the undrafted guard who made himself into an integral part of a championship team, has agreed to four-year, $85 million (all figures U.S.) contract, according to a source familiar with the deal.
It was a quick agreement – NBA’s free agency negotiations only began on Friday night — but one widely expected.
The 26-year-old native of Rockford, Ill. was by far Toronto’s off-season priority and locking him up for four years would set the Raptors up for a seamless transition at point guard from Kyle Lowry, who has year left on his contract, to VanVleet, who is almost a decade younger.