1. Extend Fred VanVleet
VanVleet is reportedly heading towards a contract extension that will pay him close to $110 million over the next four years. After coming from the ranks of the undrafted, VanVleet is in line for a nine-figure deal that establishes him further as one of the league’s marquee guards.
Even amid all of the speculation about a Durant trade, VanVleet’s name has very rarely, if ever, been mentioned in trade talks. It’s easy to take that as a sign that Toronto is unwilling to include their star point guard in a deal that flips him to Brooklyn. Given his two-way skills, why would they?
Will the Toronto Raptors extend Fred VanVleet?
VanVleet is fresh off an All-Star season that helped him average a new career-high in points per game while leading the Raptors from the lottery to the No. 5 seed in just one season. Getting someone with that impact for under $30 million per season is a steal of a deal.
VanVleet is one of those rare players who would thrive as a role player in a Durant-centric offense or as the primary 3-point shooter. That ability to vacillate between roles is one of many reasons No. 23 will likely be locked in with Toronto for the next half-decade.