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Ujiri hopes Raptors play in Toronto, but 'public health is the priority'

Scotiabank Arena in downtown Toronto Ontario on Thursday Scotiabank Arena in downtown Toronto Ontario on Thursday
Noah Ferguson | 14 November, 2020, 23:25

"I don't have to tell people that I value winning", said VanVleet, a key bench player during Toronto's 2019 championship run. I've never been on a losing team in my entire life. I'm 26, I feel like I'm - you know, I'm only four years in, but I feel like I'm on the verge of blossoming even more with more of a lead role and just taking more responsibility in my game.

Coming off of his fourth season with the Raptors, VanVleet will be an unrestricted free agent when free agency begins on November 20. However, current travel restrictions were extended until November 21, which leaves a very small window to implement a change in policy in time for the Raptors to start their season.

Toronto Raptors point guard Fred VanVleet understands his value, and is looking forward to signing a lucrative deal when free agency officially begins on November 20. "I know what I feel like I'm worth, and I'll see if their minds are in the same place as me and if not, then we'll take the best deal that's on the table".

"I just want to feel my value reciprocated from the other end". Second, the Raptors would remain on the East Coast so games can still be televised in their usual time slot.

Depending on where the salary cap ends up, the Knicks could have as much as $60 million in cap space this offseason.

With free agency set to open up in exactly a week, VanVleet is upfront about what he's after, especially considering he'll likely be signing a contract that will be paid out over the majority of his prime.

The NBA gathered all teams in a bubble to finish the 2019-20 season.

VanVleet is expected to draw interest from the Detroit Pistons, New York Knicks, and perhaps the Phoenix Suns or the Atlanta Hawks in the coming weeks.

"There is no way they can go into the draft and free agency without knowing where they are playing", said one agent.

Everything is fluid when it comes to sports, but at the moment the market appears to be narrowing, and that can only be good news for the Raptors. "But our main focus is on playing next season in Toronto".

"We'll continue to look at the epidemiology of COVID-19 in the U.S and in Canada, and that will certainly be part of the consideration", says Njoo.

Nobody should be surprised to hear that VanVleet is trying to get paid.

"I'm not gonna play hard to get", VanVleet said. We'll try to make the best decision, but I'm a pretty simple guy.

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