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Is Fred VanVleet worth $25 million a season?

Fred VanVleet

TORONTO, ON - NOVEMBER 25: Fred VanVleet #23 of the Toronto Raptors dribbles the ball during the first half of an NBA game against the Philadelphia 76ers at Scotiabank Arena on November 25, 2019 in Toronto, Canada. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Vaughn Ridley/Getty Images)

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Fred VanVleet is having a career year: 18.6 points and 7.5 assists a game, both career highs, while shooting 40 percent from three — and doing all of it while having to take on more of the offense. VanVleet, who will be an unrestricted free agent next summer, is playing himself into a big contract.

How big?

ESPN’s Bobby Marks, a former Nets’ executive, said on The Brian Windhorst & The Hoop Collective Podcast he heard more than $25 million a season.

“One team told me last week that they think he’s going to get between $25 million and $30 million per season.”

That seems high, but in a down free agent market next summer talented players could get overpaid.

VanVleet has been good this season and critical for Toronto, he might even make the All-Star team. However, $25 million is No. 1 option money. Build your team around this guy money. VanVleet is not that. He has grown his game to the point that maybe he can be a No. 2 or No. 3 option on a good team — so far this season VanVleet has been a good No. 2 to Pascal Siakam — but he’s not a No. 1 guy. There are second options making that much money out there, but those teams tend to be hamstrung by the cap eventually.

If you said, “VanVleet will get a four-year, $90 million offer,” I could see that. More than that, four years north of $100 million? I don’t know.

But it only takes one team, and VanVleet gets that money.