The Raptors and Fred VanVleet agreed to a new four-year, $85 million deal on Saturday, securing a long-term commitment to keep him in place for the foreseeable future. VanVleet, 26, was a vital member of Toronto’s title-winning outfit in 2019 and took a step forward last season, becoming a full-time starter and averaging 17.6 points, 6.6 assists and 1.9 steals. VanVleet is renowned for his toughness, and was the primary off-season priority for the Raptors. Let’s grade the deal.
In a relatively dry free-agent market with limited cap space to go around, it always seemed like VanVleet’s best option was going to be staying put.