Fred Vanfleet (23) of the Toronto Raptors moved the ball up the field against the Miami Heat during the first half of the NBA basketball game (Ashley Landis, Paul, AP)
That’s the motto of the Toronto Raptors, goalkeeper Fred Vanfleet who has spent his entire basketball career committed to him, and as he is about to enter a free, unrestricted agency for the first time, he hopes that serious suitors will be willing to learn about results and then a bonus
“I’m trying to make money, man,” VanVleet said when asked about the topic on The Old Man & Three, a podcast hosted by New Orleans Pelicans keeper JJ Redick and Tommy Alter, “I’m not ashamed of it. I don’t have to tell people that I just appreciate winning Look at my story, do your research I’ve never been in a losing team all my life This is what I’m up to and that’s exactly what it is I won a championship and now it’s time to cash in.
VanVleet earning his salary perfectly went from being out of the question in 2016 (many interested teams refused to take him in the second round), to being picked by Toronto and helping the 905 Raptors win their first and only title in 2017, to being a major part of The Raptors’ Bench Mob during the 2017-18 season (in which he finished as the sixth-man candidate of the year), becoming a key player on the championship team in 2019
After his initial signature with the Raptors, VanVleet entered his first free agency period in 2018 in a restricted condition, meaning Toronto could match anything another team offered and eventually managed to find common ground for a two-year, $ 18 million deal that satisfied both The sides
Now, Vanfleet is in control of his fate, exactly where he likes to be and as one of the underrated agents of the season, he probably has more options than ever.
« I’m going to look at all the shows on the table, » VanVleet said in his podcast, « I know what I feel I deserve, I’ll see if their minds are in the same place as me, and if not, we’ll get the best deal on the table. » / p>
And while money appears to be the driving factor in VanVleet’s decision-making process, understandably, it is not the only factor
Playing alongside Kyle Lowry certainly has its benefits and it has proven that VanVleet is an off-the-ball killer and secondary builder, but the opportunity to take on a more intrinsic position in attack (and thus the next logical step in development as a potential main keeper) is thus difficult to obtain. / p>
“I am 26 years old and only four years old but I feel like I’m about to thrive more with a bigger leadership role and take on more responsibility in my game, so all of these things factor into [my decision],” Vanfleet said. Ultimately, it is not just about numbers, numbers play a big role and I just want to feel my value in exchange for the other end ‘
Not necessarily that kind of role is out of reach in Toronto, given that Lori is 34 and will turn 35 next March, but it’s also not something the Raptors can deliver right away. On the other hand, the six teams have Others with great off-season space (Atlanta Hawks, Detroit Pistons, Miami Heat, New York Knicks, Charlotte Hornets, Phoenix Suns) means to lend more money and, in some cases, a bigger role.
But that doesn’t mean VanVleet’s departure from Toronto is inevitable. In fact, the latest reports from teams expected to target VanVleet have indicated that they are heading in alternative directions – at least, for now, a pre-empty agency
According to reports, Hawks are interested in Jrue Holiday, Suns are looking at Chris Paul, and the Pistons have floated that they might prefer operating as a waste zip for unwanted salaries in order to get recruiting picks, and Nicks aren’t sure about bargaining over cover space For everyone except for a few players.
This leaves the Hit team, which, like the Raptors, has its own lofty goals for the 2021 Free Agency that will prevent them from hiring players like VanVleet and Hornets
Everything is flexible when it comes to sports, but at the moment the market appears to be tightening, and that can only be good news for Raptors. Moreover, the fact that the cap and the luxury tax is now slated to increase by between three And 10 percent after the 2020-2021 season gives Toronto more flexibility to work going forward
VanVleet said, « I’m a businessman at heart, but I value certain things when it comes to choosing between franchises that offer the same number, so this part will be easy »
Whatever decision VanVleet makes off-season, he will at least be able to rest so easily knowing that he is the one who made it. The bet on himself has paid off to this point, and there is no reason to believe that it will not continue
« I’m not going to play hard to get it, » Vanfleet said. « I’m not going to try to outdo myself and try to pile teams against each other, but we’ll see what the numbers look like when they come. We’ll try to make the best decision, but I’m a very simple guy. It’s not that difficult for me. »
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