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Fred VanVleet wants to stay with Raptors long term ‘in a perfect world’


Fred VanVleet is now on the final year of his of a two-year deal he signed with the Toronto Raptors last season. Given his stellar performance which paved the way for the franchise’s first-ever title, the guard may be it for a huge payday. He understands, however, that his future is still not etched in stone. There are things that could happen that might lead him to a brand new team. But in a ‘perfect world,’ VanVleet wants to be a Raptor long term.

“I’ve been here. This is the team that gave me my chance, I think we understand that. I’m not gonna speak too much on free agency this year just ’cause it’s a business and I have to do what’s best for me and my family,” VanVleet said during an appearance on Tim and Sid on Wednesday.

“But, I mean, I’ve been on record about how I feel about this place. This organization knows how I feel about this place. So in a perfect world, we know what would happen.”

For those not aware of VanVleet’s journey to the NBA, he entered the league as an undrafted prospect in 2016. He had a stint in the NBA’s D-League under the Raptors 905 which resulted in a league title in 2017.

He was then picked up by the Raptors where became a part of the regular rotation. Though there were some struggles at first, 2018-19 became his breakout year. He put up 11 points per game, 4.8 assists, and 2.6 rebounds. He also recalibrated his shooting stroke and became a dependable shooter from downtown especially in the playoffs.

Now, he’s seen as one of the Raptors’ foundational pieces. Hopefully, he’ll remain as such for the next several years.