Masai Ujiri speaks out on Fred VanVleet’s future with Raptors
During his end-of-the-season press conference with Toronto Raptors reporters on Thursday, president Masai Ujiri talked about the future of point guard Fred VanVleet.
VanVleet becomes an unrestricted free agent this offseason and is expected to be one of the hot targets of the summer and already has a number of teams rumored to be pursuing his services.
Ujiri, one of the best execs in the NBA, says the Raptors will make it a priority to re-sign VanVleet.
Thus far, the New York Knicks have been heavily linked to Fred VanVleet. Many people inside league circles wouldn’t be surprised if the Knicks overpay to get the former Wichita State star since they are desperate for talent.
During the 2019-20 regular season, VanVleet averaged 17.6 points, 3.8 rebounds, and 6.6 assists per game for the Raptors in 54 appearances. The 26-year-old shot 41.3 percent from the field, 39.0 percent from beyond the arc, and 84.8 percent from the free-throw line.
The Raptors lost to the Boston Celtics in the second round of the 2020 playoffs in seven games, ending their chances to defend the title. VanVleet, who has said countless times he wants to stay in Toronto, put up 19.6 points, 4.4 boards, and 6.9 assists in 11 games against the Brooklyn Nets and Celtics.
Masai Ujiri would be wise to re-sign VanVleet, especially since All-Star point guard Kyle Lowry is getting older and has one year left on his contract.
VanVleet has career NBA averages of 10.5 points, 2.6 rebounds, and 4.1 assists with the Raptors. His story is pretty incredible considering he went undrafted out of college.