Head Coach Nick Nurse Believes Fred VanVleet will Return to Raptors
Fred VanVleet is set to enter free agency this offseason and his head coach Nick Nurse expects the young point guard to stay put.
Despite rumours connecting VanVleet to both the New York Knicks and Detroit Pistons, Nurse admits he would be “pretty surprised” if VanVleet leaves the Toronto Raptors in the Fall. Team president Masai Ujiri has also previously stated that re-signing the 26 year old will be the team’s number one priority of the offseason.
“Fred is a priority, a big-time priority,” said Ujiri in his end-of-season address to the media.
Nick Nurse said on @timandsid he'd be "pretty surprised" if Fred VanVleet doesn't return to the Raptors next season.
— Steven Loung (@loung_s) September 24, 2020
Expected to be one of the top free agents in the 2020 class, VanVleet is coming off a career year with the Raptors, averaging 17.6 points, 6.6 assists, while shooting 39 percent from long range. Expanding his range and improving his decision-making, VanVleet has elevated himself into the conversation of some of the better two-way guards in the entire league.
The Raptors do have incentive to re-up VanVleet. As the aging Lowry has one more year remaining on the books, the team will need to answer the question on who will be the franchise’s point guard of the future.
VanVleet may just be that guy.