The NBA World Reacts To Fred VanVleet’s Huge Payday

Fred VanVleet #23 of the Toronto Raptors dribbles the ball in the first half against the Washington Wizards at Capital One Arena on March 04, 2023 in Washington, DC.
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NBA free agency is a time during which young players have the opportunity to secure a bag after years of hard work and paying their dues.

On Friday, the first day of free agency this summer, a star point guard definitely secured the bag, and that in itself is a big deal.

Fred VanVleet is leaving the Toronto Raptors to join the Houston Rockets, and he will do so on a three-year contract reportedly worth $130 million.

That’s a huge pay day for a player who is good but not a true All-Star, let alone a superstar.

People across the league are amazed at VanVelt’s new found wealth.

He went undrafted in 2016 after four solid but unpredictable years at Wichita State University, and as a freshman he played only 7.9 minutes per game and averaged only 2.9 points per game.

It wasn’t until his third season that he started to tap into his potential.

That year he averaged 11.0 points and 4.8 assists a game, and was a key contributor to the Raptors team that won the NBA championship that year.

This fan is happy that VanVleet is getting rich, but wants the guard to improve on a key aspect of his game.

VanVleet made 37.7 percent of his 3-point attempts last season, but he’s down to 34.2 percent in that category this season.

Both of these fans clearly didn’t like the deal the Illinois native got from Houston.

While the rebuilding Raptors are losing a key piece, the young Rockets are gaining someone who will make them more competitive.

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