Fred VanVleet declines player option, will become unrestricted free agent

Some expected news.

This was always going to happen, and it doesn’t indicate much of anything in regards to VanVleet’s future franchise — be it in Toronto or elsewhere. (News first broken by Woj.) VanVleet will receive a hefty raise on the open market in comparison to the contract that just finished. Expect him to make somewhere with the range of $30M annually.

The list of teams enamored with him is long, and the Raptors will have a huge amount of competition in trying to retain VanVleet’s services.