3 Toronto Raptors players who hurt their trade value in 2023

CHARLOTTE, NORTH CAROLINA - APRIL 02: Chris Boucher #25 of the Toronto Raptors (Photo by Jacob Kupferman/Getty Images)
CHARLOTTE, NORTH CAROLINA - APRIL 02: Chris Boucher #25 of the Toronto Raptors (Photo by Jacob Kupferman/Getty Images) /
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Fred VanVleet, Toronto Raptors
PHILADELPHIA, PA – MARCH 31: Fred VanVleet #23 of the Toronto Raptors (Photo by Mitchell Leff/Getty Images) /

1. Fred VanVleet

The idea of signing and trading VanVleet needs to be on the radar for Ujiri this offseason. While he is a leader that was developed internally, Toronto needs to balance that love for him with the cold, hard truth. His best years might be in the rearview mirror.

VanVleet was inefficient for large chunks of the season, often making it difficult for the offense to get in any sort of rhythm. His poor performance late in games, at the expense of Pascal Siakam and Scottie Barnes, can’t be tolerated much longer by this front office.

The Toronto Raptors may not get much back for Fred VanVleet.

VanVleet is expected to get a hefty contract in free agency, meaning that the Raptors will be on the hook for well over $30 million every season in exchange for the services of a point guard that will be over 30 years old. Sign and trade destinations won’t be very numerous if that is the state of affairs.

VanVleet will have a market, but the two most likely scenarios right now seem to be Toronto either bidding against themselves and saddling their cap sheet with a gigantic contract or letting him walk for nothing. The perfect happy medium of a sign-and-trade might not be feasible after this season.

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