The five best value contracts for the Toronto Raptors

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3. Fred VanVleet

Fred VanVleet has surely become one of the fan favorites of the Toronto Raptors. He’s gritty, feisty, and full of energy. He was a crucial part of the Raptors’ championship run last season, getting hot at just the right time (thanks to his newborn son). The current contract he is on is quite the bargain, as the Raptors are getting starting level production from him at a bench player price.

VanVleet is coming into the last year of a two-year $18 million dollar deal he signed prior to last season. He’ll be making just over $9 million this upcoming season, a lower cost than most team’s sixth man. Last season he averaged 11 points, 4.8 assists, and shot 38-percent from three all on just 27 minutes per game.

Toronto will be getting a year of starter-like play out of VanVleet, at a fraction of the cost. At just $9.3 million next season, FVV will be making less than recently signed free agents Corey Joseph, Delon Wright, and Terry Rozier. Last season, he was better than all three players.

After this year, VanVleet has the freedom to decide if he wants to stay with the Raptors or test the free-agent market. Considering his current standing in the organization, it feels more likely than not, he will be back with the Raptors, although it might not be at the same bargain deal.

Rarely does a team gets starting level play from their backup point guard, particularly at a team-friendly price. The Raptors have managed to do both with VanVleet, even if he is expected to have a bigger payday coming soon. But for now, the Raptors will enjoy the energy, hustle, and efficient play on a value contract.