VanVleet will be held out of Thursday's preseason finale for rest purposes, Blake Murphy of The Athletic reports. VanVleet joins five other regular contributors getting the night off for rest, in addition to a couple of players with injuries, so the Raptors should be extremely thin on depth Thursday. That could create an opportunity to take a flier on a few cheap DFS options for Thursday's slate who should see big minutes. Either way, look for VanVleet to get back in the lineup for next week's regular-season opener.
VanVleet (hamstring) posted 11 points (4-7 FG, 3-4 3Pt), four rebounds and one assist across 17 minutes during Wednesday's 87-108 preseason win over the Nets. VanVleet missed the Raptors' previous game with a hamstring injury, but showed no ill effects in his return to action Wednesday. He was efficient from the floor and avoided any turnovers, showing off the reliability that makes him such a valuable bench piece in the backcourt. VanVleet will be a full go for next week's regular season and he should once again play a prominent role in the rotation after signing a two-year, $18.1 million contract extension this past offseason.
VanVleet will not play in Friday's game against Melbourne due to left hamstring stiffness, Blake Murphy of The Athletic reports. It's unclear exactly when VanVleet, who played a total of 37 minutes in the Raptors' first two preseason games, picked up the injury, but there is no indication that it's a serious one. With Kyle Lowry (rest) also being held out Friday, Delon Wright is in line to start at point guard, but both Lorenzo Brown and Jordan Loyd should have the opportunity to pick up some additional minutes as well.
VanVleet played 20 minutes off the bench Tuesday and finished with three points (1-6 FG, 0-4 3Pt, 1-2 FT), four rebounds, three assists and one steal in the Raptors' 105-90 preseason loss to the Jazz. There were more minutes to go around Tuesday with OG Anunobdy (personal) sitting out, but even when the Raptors are at full strength, VanVleet projects to enjoy a consistent rotation role in his third NBA campaign. The Wichita State product was an indispensable reserve in the backcourt last season, averaging 8.6 points, 3.2 assists, 2.4 rebounds and 1.4 three-pointers in 20.0 minutes per game. After VanVleet inked a two-year, $18.11 million contract extension this summer, it wouldn't be surprise if he saw a slight uptick in playing time during the upcoming season.
VanVleet agreed to a two-year, $18 million contract extension Sunday, Shams Charania of Yahoo! Sports reports. VanVleet had an outstanding second year in the NBA, finishing as a finalist for Sixth Man of the Year honors. While he was ultimately beat out by the Clippers' Lou Williams, VanVleet still helped make Toronto's bench one of the best in the league and was a contributing factor in the team's top overall finish in the Eastern Conference regular season standings. The 24-year-old averaged 8.6 points, 3.2 assists and 2.4 rebounds across 20.0 minutes, while also hitting 1.4 three-pointers at an impressive 41.4 percent clip. With the Raptors set to bring back nearly the exact same cast of players as last season, VanVleet is likely looking at a similar role off the bench for the upcoming campaign.
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