Toronto Raptors point guard Fred VanVleet is very honest about his intentions as he prepares to enter the free agent market.
“I want to get paid and I’m not embarrassed about it,” VanVleet said in an interview to the “The Old Man and the Three” podcast.
“I don’t need to tell people that it’s important for me to win. Just looking at my story […], I’ve never been on a losing team in my life … I won a championship and now it’s time to move on to the bank. I’m 26 … It’s only been four years in the NBA and I feel like I’m about to get even better and have a leadership role. “
Having never been drafted, VanVleet is now asserting himself as one of the best point guards in the NBA on both sides of the court. Last year, he made $ 9.3 million with the Raptors, who could now offer him an $ 80 million contract for four years.
Other teams, such as the Detroit Pistons, New York Knicks and Phoenix Suns, have also shown interest in his services.
“It’s not just a question of money, but it will be a very important factor [dans la décision]. I just want to feel that my worth is recognized, said VanVleet. Teams can tell you as long as they want you to be valuable, but as long as they don’t show you the money, you know what that means. “
Last season, VanVleet averaged 17.6 points per game.