Fred VanVleet’s Contract

Last Modified Nov 3, 2023 06:46 GMT
Fred VanVleet Contract
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Fred VanVleet, the talented point guard for the Toronto Raptors, has had a remarkable seven-year career in the National Basketball Association. From going undrafted in the 2016 Draft to becoming a key player on the Raptor’s road to NBA championship in 2019, VanVleet's timeline has had challenges, perseverance, and sheer hard work.


Born on February 25, 1994, in Rockford, Illinois, VanVleet attended Auburn High School in his hometown and quickly established a passionate interest in the game of basketball. He led Auburn to their first-ever final-four appearance since 1975 in his senior year which earned him various accolades for his exceptional performance.


Following graduation from Auburn, VanVleet decided to take his talents to Wichita State University. It was from here that his journey to the NBA officially began.


Playing for Wichita State and signing with the Toronto Raptors

Playing under head coach Gregg Marshall for four years, VanVleet was a significant contributor to the Shockers’ four regular season championships (2012, 2014-2016). Throughout his college career, VanVleet showcased outstanding commitment, skills, and a strong understanding of the game.


After graduating from Wichita State with a degree in criminal justice and having proven himself as one of college basketball's most consistent performers, VanVleet declared for the 2016 NBA draft.


Despite going undrafted that year due to concerns about his size and athleticism by certain scouts and analysts, VanvLeet signed with the Toronto Raptors Summer League team with the expectation of entering the Raptors training camp. Raptors eventually signed him to a two-year $1.4 milliondeal and made him a new addition to the regular-season squad.


On November 16, 2016, Fred made his debut against Oklahoma City Thunder. He played limited minutes initially, but gradually earned more playing time as the season progressed.


In his second season, Fred solidified himself as part of the Raptors' core rotation. His tenacious perimeter defense coupled with steady playmaking abilities earned him the trust of both his teammates and coaching staff. VanVleet's contributions were instrumental in helping the Raptors secure the best record in the Eastern Conference that season.


In 2018, Fred signed a two-year $18 million extension; a result of his steady improvement and the franchise’s trust in his game. In Game 6 of the NBA Finals against the Golden State Warriors, VanVleet scored 22 points, including several clutch three-pointers, helping seal Toronto's first-ever NBA championship.


Following the 2019-2020 season, VanvLeet signed his career’s most lucrative deal; a four-year $85 million deal. Fred continued to showcase his growth and versatility as a player.


While dealing with occasional injuries, the point guard remained resilient and remained consistent. His ability to lead on both ends of the court, making timely shots, and leading by example made him an exciting player to watch.


Signing with the Houston Rockets

In late June of 2023 free agency, Fred and the Raptors, unfortunately, parted ways as he signed with the Houston Rockets after becoming a free agent.


The deal is a huge one, a three-year $128.5 million with 128.5 million dollars guaranteed and an annual average salary of 42.8 Million. He will earn a base salary of $40.8 million in the 2023-24 season.


As Fred continues to make strides on individual and team levels, his impact will undoubtedly shape his legacy and also influence future generations of hoopers. The story of Fred VanVleet serves as a reminder that sometimes all it takes is belief in oneself to achieve great things.




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