Fred VanVleet wants to play with Raptors for the rest of his career
Fred VanVleet sees himself playing for the Toronto Raptors for the rest of his career.
The third-year backup point guard shared to Mark Suleymanov of NBA.com that he wants to stay with the Raptors throughout, saying that he loves playing for the city and its fans. Fred VanVleet also emphasized that he is ready to step up for the team when Kyle Lowry decides to call it a career.
“I’d love to stay in Toronto for the rest of my career,” VanVleet said. “Obviously Kyle [Lowry] can’t play forever so hopefully, we milk him for everything he’s got and then, once he’s done we’ll see what happens. I love being in Toronto and I don’t want to leave anytime soon.”
VanVleet has made great strides since making it to the Raptors’ roster as an undrafted free agent in 2016. He has increased his production yearly and was even one of the finalists for the 2017-18 Sixth Man of the Year award.
The 24-year-old signed a two-year, $18 million deal with Toronto this summer, which will keep him with the franchise until the 2019-20 season, at least.
VanVleet has been a key contributor for the Raptors this year, so it won’t be surprising to see him become part of Toronto’s future — particularly after Lowry’s tenure with the team (whenever that may be).
It remains to be seen if VanVleet can maintain his growth rate and increase his production, but if he does, the Raptors certainly won’t think twice about locking him long-term.