Report: Raptors’ Fred VanVleet expected to draw interest from Knicks, Pistons, Suns

Toronto Raptors' Fred VanVleet. (Ashley Landis/AP)

After starring for the Toronto Raptors through the first series of their title defence, it seems Fred VanVleet’s incredible play as of late has not gone unnoticed by the rest of the NBA.

VanVleet’s gotten off to a dominant start for the defending champs, putting up 21.3 points and 7.8 assists through Toronto’s four-game sweep of the Brooklyn Nets, leading the team in scoring in Games 1 and 2.

According to The Athletic‘s Shams Charania, a “strong market” is expected for the 26-year-old when he hits free agency at the end of this post-season run.

Charania pointed to the New York Knicks, Detroit Pistons and Phoenix Suns as clubs “expected to emerge as suitors” for VanVleet.

He also added that the Rockford, Ill., native is a free agent in regards to his shoe deal, too — VanVleet was recently signed to an endorsement deal with AND1 — and has “multiple suitors” for a new deal on that front as well.

Emerging as a key piece for the Raptors over the course of their championship campaign, VanVleet’s found a new gear through the 2020 post-season, reigning as the team’s most potent offensive threat in the bubble so far, while remaining a reliable defensive presence.

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