“I always felt like I’d be back,” the guard said during a media availability.
VanVleet followed up his 2018-19 championship season by setting career highs in points (17.6), assists (6.6) and rebounds (3.8) per game in 2019-20 and he became an every-game starter for the first time in his career.
The 26-year-old added that he did garner some interest from other teams but “nothing ever really panned out” and negotiations with Toronto went smoothly.
“It was almost so straight forward that it made me question it a little bit,” VanVleet said. “Like, it can't be this easy.”
— Tim and Sid (@timandsid) November 24, 2020
“In the last four years, we’ve seen Fred move from leader of Raptors 905, to leader of the Bench Mob to a leader of a championship team,” Raptors team president Masai Ujiri said in a press release. “The constant has been his leadership, no matter his role. We look forward to the coming years with Fred as one of the voices and hearts of our team. We bet on Fred.”
Raptors general manager Bobby Webster said earlier in the year that re-signing VanVleet was the team's "top priority" of the off-season.