Can the Raptors pay VanVleet and still take a run at Giannis? Probably, but Siakam’s deal may factor in too

Title: Can the Raptors pay VanVleet and still take a run at Giannis? Probably, but Siakam’s deal may factor in too
Date: November 22, 2019
Original Source: The Athletic
Synopsis: In my latest for The Athletic Toronto, I wrote about the Raptors’ potential willingness to pay on Fred VanVleet’s next deal, keeping in mind a possible Giannis Antetokounmpo pursuit in 2021.

Bet On Yourself.

That has been Fred VanVleet’s mantra ever since his camp nudged teams toward passing on him in the second round of the 2016 NBA Draft. Even before the existence of two-way contracts made getting drafted less vital for a player with NBA aspirations, VanVleet was paving a path that others, like Terence Davis II, would later follow.

VanVleet ultimately signed a two-year minimum deal with the Toronto Raptors, with just $50,000 guaranteed. He’d bet on himself and his ability to make a roster through training camp. The two-year aspect of the deal was calculated, too as it allowed him a quick path to restricted free agency, which then allowed him to cash in earlier than most rookies. Because he’d delivered, VanVleet was able to secure a two-year, $17.7-million deal with Toronto in 2018 as a restricted free agent.

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