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Which NBA Teams Are Pursuing Fred VanVleet as a Free Agency Signing in 2020?

| November 16, 2020 7:07 am PDT
4 Most Likely Teams for Fred VanVleet to Sign With

Fred VanVleet picked a good time to register his best season as a professional. The most coveted point guard lurking in the free-agent market is going to attract a litany of suitors once November 20th arrives (start of free agency).

As for where FVV will wind up inking a top-dollar contract, several teams come to mind. According to the odds at the top NBA betting sites, here’s where things currently stand.

New York Knicks+225
Detroit Pistons+300
Atlanta Hawks+400
Indiana Pacers+500
Oklahoma City Thunder+600
Boston Celtics+700
New Orleans Pelicans+800
Houston Rockets+900

I think you can forget about Houston and Oklahoma City. Boston has a surplus of guards and New Orleans appears committed to letting Lonzo Ball develop.

With that in mind, let’s zero in on the four most likely teams for Fred VanVleet to sign with.

New York Knicks

Certain free agents are focused on landing with a contender. See – “Which Teams Could Sign Danilo Gallinari?

Others aren’t shy about letting their intentions be known.

VanVleet is at the point in his career where he wants to secure the fattest contract he can. The New York Knicks are one of the organizations that will have enough cap space to lure him in, not to mention, they have a glaring need at the point guard position.

Detroit Pistons

One look at the Detroit Pistons biggest needs and you can see it in plain view. Detroit needs a franchise point guard, and they need one desperately.

Troy Weaver could very well target a PG with the 7th pick in Wednesday’s Draft. However, signing VanVleet to a contract would allow the Pistons GM to utilize that selection on shoring up other parts of his lineup.

Remember, Detroit needs help in the frontcourt after giving Andre Drummond away, and they’re currently starting Tony Snell on one of the wings. In the event Christian Wood walks, it’ll be imperative to bring “fresh blood” into Motor City.

Indiana Pacers

Born in Illinois and a product of Wichita State, perhaps Fred VanVleet wants to get back to his Midwestern roots. The Pacers could very well trade Victor Oladipo which would leave a massive hole in Indiana’s backcourt.

First-year coach Nate Bjorkgren can rely on Domas Sabonis and Myles Turner in the post, and we saw T.J. Warren explode in the bubble.

Could this be a match made in heaven?

Those wondering if pairing FVV alongside Malcolm Brogdon is a logical thing to do, keep in mind that VanVleet excelled in 2019-20 playing side-by-side with Kyle Lowry. Who wants one “do-it-all” point guard if the other option is having two?

Toronto Raptors

Are the Raptors willing to extend a MAX offer to VanVleet? Quite frankly, that’s exactly what it could take in order to retain their 26-year-old point guard.

Fred continues to make it clear that his upcoming decision will be based primarily on financial implications. At the same time, he’s also made it clear where he would like to end up.

“But, I mean, I’ve been on record about how I feel about this place. This organization knows how I feel about this place. So in a perfect world, we know what would happen.”

The hang-up could tie into Masai Ujiri wanting to pursue Giannis Antetokounmpo next summer.

Who Will Sign Fred VanVleet

Staying put north of the border is a sincere possibility but I don’t see it panning out. Ultimately, I think Detroit drafts a PG at #6, and there’s no guarantee that Indy moves Victor Oladipo out of the picture.

The one franchise I fully expect to approach Fred with their best foot forward is the New York Knicks.

Not only would the Big Apple welcome him with open arms, but the Knicks get the top-flight point guard they desire and VanVleet’s bank account gets padded.

Everybody wins.

Michael Wynn
Michael Wynn

As a former Division I collegiate golfer, Michael Wynn loves writing about golf. He's also an expert in most of America's most popular sports, writing extensively for GamblingSites.com on football, basketball, and baseball.

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