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Fred VanVleet out for Raptors vs. Bulls with knee injury

Fred VanVleet, Raptors

The Toronto Raptors will be without guard Fred VanVleet on Monday when they take on the Chicago Bulls in The Windy City.

VanVleet is dealing with a right knee contusion, which he picked up during Saturday’s game against the Philadelphia 76ers.

The Raptors are 15-7 on the season. They are in the fifth spot in the Eastern Conference standings.

In 22 games this season, VanVleet is averaging 18.0 points, 3.8 rebounds and 7.0 assists. He’s shooting 40.9 percent from the field, 39.5 percent from beyond the arc and 87.6 percent from the free-throw line.

VanVleet projects to be one of the NBA’s most coveted unrestricted free agents during the 2020 offseason. The Raptors will be careful with him moving forward since it’s a long regular season.

The 25-year-old floor general re-signed with the Raptors in 2018 on a two-year, $18 million deal. Toronto signed Kyle Lowry to a one-year, $31 million extension before the season started. Some, though, believe Toronto will make VanVleet the primary guard soon since Lowry is getting older.

VanVleet went undrafted out of Wichita State in 2016. He’s an NBA champion and one of the most underrated players in the NBA today.

Along with VanVleet, Pascal Siakam is playing like an All-Star for the Raptors now that Kawhi Leonard is gone. He’s putting up 24.6 points, 8.6 rebounds and 3.7 assists while shooting 46.0 percent from the field and 36.5 percent from beyond the arc.