Fred Van Vleet is making a strong impression this summer on the Toronto Raptors. So much that they want make sure he stays in their organization.
Blogger Blake Murphy of the Raptors Republic first reported late Monday night that the Raptors have a mulit-year deal with Van Vleet. Van Vleet’s father Joe Danforth told Eyewitness News Tuesday that Van Vleet’s agent is working on a deal.
The Raptors only have Van Vleet signed to play on their Summer League Team in Vegas with an invitation to training camp. Without a deal Van Vleet could be free to sign with another NBA team at the end of the Summer League.
Danforth says the Raptors are guaranteeing Van Vleet a sum of money through the summer and through training camp. Van Vleet is eager to go to camp. If he doesn’t make the Raptors’ NBA roster the Raptors would have him play in their Developmental League team in suburban Toronto.
Danforth says Van Vleet is more inclined to play for the Raptors in the D-League rather than go overseas because the overseas opportunities “will always be there.”
Through three Summer League games Van Vleet is averaging 6.3 points, and 4.3 rebounds in 15.7 minutes of action. The Raptors are happy with the way he runs the offense, how he competes on defense, and the fact that he’s been able to knock down open shots. He’s 5-for-7 on three point attempts.
The Raptors might not be convinced that Van Vleet is ready for the NBA now, but their willingness to discuss a multi-year deal and a financial commitment shows that they believe he has a NBA future.