Most likely destinations for Fred VanVleet now that the free agent period is here.


NBA teams can begin negotiating with free agents Sunday at midnight Eastern Time. So what are some of the likely destinations for Rockford native Fred VanVleet?

Here is how I rank them at the moment:

1) TORONTO RAPTORS-The Raptors are the most likely team to sign VanVleet since he is a restricted free agent and they will have the right to match an other offers that VanVleet receives. I know the Raptors are up against the salary cap and they don’t want to get into playing the luxury tax, but no team values VanVleet more than the Raptors do. I think they’ll create some cap space by trading another player.

2) DETROIT PISTONS-The next most likely destination for VanVleet is Detroit. VanVleet’s former coach in Toronto Dwane Casey is now the Pistons head coach. Casey loves VanVleet’s game and the Pistons are weak at point guard.

3) ORLANDO MAGIC: The Magic have needs at point guard. They have veteran D.J. Augustine and not much else to get excited about. This is a team that VanVleet could start for.

4) PHOENIX SUNS: It’s no secret the Suns are looking for point guard help. Their top point guard Brandon Knight is a journeyman who’s coming off knee surgery. The Suns have a fabulous young nucleus of players led by top draft pick Deandre Ayton that VanVleet could grow with and flourish with over the next few years. The question is do the Suns prefer a more experienced point guard to guide that young core group?

5) CHARLOTTE HORNETS: The Hornets need a backup point guard behind Kemba Walker and there’s a chance that the Hornets might trade Walker. Then they would have a huge need at point guard.

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