Where Will Fred VanVleet Play in the 2023-24 NBA Season?
After spending seven years as a key member of the Toronto Raptors, All-Star point guard, Fred VanVleet has officially declined his $22.8M player option and will hit the free agency market on July 1st as an unrestricted free agent. With a massive payday in store for him this summer, there are several teams that will be interested in acquiring the talents of Steady Freddy.
Coming off a 2022-23 campaign in which averaged 19.3 PPG, 1.8 SPG, and a career-high 7.2 APG, the former-NBA Champion brings a ferocious two-way play that elevates the players around him while he’s on the court.
Expected to draw interest from a multitude of suitors this offseason, why not check out the latest Fred VanVleet next team odds as we look at which franchise FVV may be suiting up for in the 2023-24 season.
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Fred VanVleet Next Team Odds
|Los Angeles Lakers||+1400|
|New Orleans Pelicans||+2500|
|New York Knicks||+3000|
(Odds Courtesy of NorthStar Bets Sportsbook as of June 27th, 2023)
Toronto Raptors (-110)
The favourites to sign Fred VanVleet this offseason should come as no surprise, as the team that took a chance on an undrafted guard out of Wichita State look to continue building on the legacy he has within their franchise.
The Toronto Raptors open as strong contenders to re-sign VanVleet, as they look to continue building on the foundation set throughout his storied tenure with the club. With a complete lack of guard depth, the Raptors rely heavily on VanVleet to control much of the playmaking and perimeter shooting production for their team.
This is brought to life with his astounding 36.7 minutes per game that would land him with the fifth-most in the entire NBA. With established roots in both the city as well as within team culture, VanVleet returning to the Raptors could not only land him his biggest payday, but also provide a stress-free offseason as he reclaims a sense of stability within his professional career.
Look for the Raptors to make bringing VanVleet back to the 6ix a top priority this offseason as they continue their “soft rebuild” in hopes of once again becoming a contender within a competitive Eastern Conference.
Philadelphia 76ers (+400)
A team that VanVleet has plenty of history with as an opponent, the Raptors divisional rival the Philadelphia 76ers are currently the frontrunner among new destinations for his services.
After failing to emerge from the second round of the NBA Playoffs once again in 2023 after falling to the Boston Celtics in 7 games, the 76ers may be looking to load up for an aggressive title push this offseason. With the looming free agency status of their own All-Star guard in James Harden still up in the air, the 76ers will have to make some difficult decisions this summer.
While all indications point toward the 76ers wanting to retain Harden, VanVleet may be the missing piece that can finally get the 76ers over the hump. Able to bring an increased defensive presence to the floor, VanVleet would slot into the 76ers lineup seamlessly as he would be reunited with former-Head Coach, Nick Nurse.
With familiarity among team culture as well as the opportunity to immediately join a title contender, VanVleet will surely take a hard look at the 76ers as a viable option for his future. Pairing himself with reigning league MVP Joel Embiid, the star duo could run rampant in the East and provide the city of Brotherly Love with renewed championship dreams.
At +400 odds, there is a great value in this bet as there is still plenty of uncertainty pertaining to the direction of the Raptors moving forward. If the Raps and FVV can’t see eye-to-eye on the future, the 76ers may be the best bet to become VanVleet’s next team.
Orlando Magic (+600)
An intriguing landing spot for the All-Star guard, the frisky Orlando Magic are currently slotted with the third-best odds to land Fred VanVleet in the 2023 offseason.
The team in which he got his first true opportunity to showcase his game against to the NBA world back in 2016, the Magic and VanVleet could be an under-the-radar move that could fast-forward the rebuilding process for Orlando.
After finishing the 2022-23 season with their fourth-straight losing record, the Magic have started to show signs of improvement. With emerging stars in 2023 Rookie of the Year, Paolo Banchero, as well as budding-star Franz Wagner, the Magic may be a few seasons away from becoming a playoff contender.
By inserting VanVleet into this lineup, the Magic would add a steady handed guard that could provide both a veteran voice in the locker room, but also big-game experience that would help shoulder the load for their developing talents. With the Magic nearly vying for a play-in birth last season, there’s no question that with the addition of FVV, they could easily become a playoff team.
While the Magic would potentially be signing VanVleet to the detriment of their young guards such as Jalen Suggs, Markelle Fultz, and Cole Anthony, this may allow them to fast-track their way back into legitimacy in NBA circles.
At +600 odds, VanVleet to the Magic may be somewhat of a longshot to land Steady Freddy, but could return incredible value if the Raptors and 76ers decide to pivot from signing the All-Star guard, allowing Orlando to swoop in and snatch the coveted talent.