The New York Knicks are eyeing one of the offseason's top free agents to upgrade at point guard.
The Toronto Raptors are the expected favorites to re-sign the 26-year-old guard, Bondy notes. However, VanVleet's stepfather, Joe Danforth, said he heard rumors about the Detroit Pistons and Phoenix Suns also potentially expressing interest.
VanVleet should command a significant raise in the upcoming market after running down a two-year, $18-million deal with the Raptors. It's unclear exactly what terms the Wichita State product will seek, but some around the league have used Malcolm Brogdon's four-year, $85-million contract signed with the Indiana Pacers in 2019 as a potential benchmark for his next contract, according to Bondy.
VanVleet is coming off his fourth NBA season after going undrafted in 2016. The 6-foot-1 ball-handler averaged 17.6 points, 6.6 assists, 1.9 steals, and 3.8 rebounds this past campaign - all career highs - and shot 39% on 6.9 threes per contest. He was also one of the most active players on the defensive end, registering a league-best 4.2 deflections per game during the regular season.