Fred VanVleet is now on the final year of his of a two-year deal he signed with the Toronto Raptors last season. Given his stellar performance which paved the way for the franchise’s first-ever title, the guard may be it for a huge payday. He understands, however, that his future is still not etched in stone. There are things that could happen that might lead him to a brand new team. But in a ‘perfect world,’ VanVleet wants to be a Raptor long term. “I’ve been here. This is the team that gave me my chance, I think we understand that. I’m not gonna speak too much on free agency this year just ’cause it’s a business and I have to do what’s best for me and my family,” VanVleet said during an appearance on Tim and Sid on Wednesday. “But, I mean, I’ve been on record about how I feel about this place. This organization knows how I feel about this place. So in a perfect world, we know what would happen.”
Josh Lewenberg: VanVleet said he missed the initial call from Masai at 12:01am on July 1 because he had to run to Walgreens to pick something up for his young daughter, but locked in the deal shortly after. “From my end it was a super easy decision”
Josh Lewenberg: Sense I get is VanVleet wants to stay in Toronto and the Raptors want him back, and can match any offer he gets. A reunion is likely, but concern for Raps is if a team backloads a 4-year offer sheet. Suns and Magic loom as threats.
If basketball icon LeBron James gets his way, NBA arenas and other sports venues around the country will be mega polling sites for the November general election. James and his voting rights group, formed this spring with other black athletes and entertainers, are joining with other professional basketball leaders and Michigan’s top elections official to push for mega voting sites to accommodate in-person balloting amid the COVID-19 pandemic. More Than A Vote, the James organization dedicated to maximizing Black turnout in November, shared its plans with The Associated Press on Wednesday after the Detroit Pistons became the second NBA franchise to announce plans to use its arena for voting later this year. In Georgia, Fulton County elections officials this week approved the Atlanta Hawks’ proposal to use State Farm Arena as a polling site. Plans call for the arena to serve as a countywide early voting site ahead of Election Day.
Jalen Johnson | 6-8 | Nicolet (Glendale, Wisc.) HS / committed to Duke Johnson’s more of a playmaker than a big-time scorer, according to the scouts. He’s also more of a big than some of the other guys on this list, albeit one with the potential to become a wing at the next level.
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