Fred VanVleet enters free agency and should have many suitors lining up for his services. Last season for the Raptors, VanVleet averaged 17.6 points, 3.8, and 6.6 assists per game. He also shot 41.3% from the field and 39% from three-point land. The Raptors will want him back, but here are some other possible destinations for VanVleet.
New York Knicks
The Knicks need a starting point guard and have the cap space to sign VanVleet to a massive contract if he’s looking for a big payday. Knicks head coach Tom Thibodeau has a good history of building an offense around a point guard. In Chicago with the Bulls, he coached Derrick Rose and won NBA MVP in 2001.
The Pistons also have the cap space to offer VanVleet a nice sized contract. Also, Detriot’s head coach Dwayne Casey coached VanVleet for two seasons while with the Raptors. VanVleet could share the point guard spot with Derrick Rose if he does not get traded. Also, VanVleet is comfortable playing off-ball, so he and Rose could play in the backcourt together.
With Blake Griffin coming back healthy, VanVleet could be a nice addition to the Pistons team. Detriot has some young talent, and with VanVleet knowing coach Casey’s system, he could help get this Pistons team to the playoffs.
Fred VanVleet to the Suns is very intriguing. Phoenix signed Ricky Rubio to a three-year, $ million deal last year, but they still could make a move on VanVleet. A three-guard rotation with Devin Booker, Rubio, and VanVleet could be dangerous out west. The Suns played well in the bubble and will look to carry that over into next season. VanVleet’s skill set would mesh well with the Sun’s backcourt.