Fred VanVleet reportedly agreed to a three-year deal with the Houston Rockets at the start of free agency Friday and took a playful jab from Drake as his days with the Toronto Raptors ended.
The VanVleet deal is worth approximately $130 million, according to various reports. On Sunday, Drake, the Raptors’ team ambassador, wrote a farewell to the guard on Instagram.
«My like… love is forever, thank you for your character and your contributions over the years that the city will never forget. Good luck with everything in the Guangdong Dragons… I mean the Rockets», Drake wrote in VanVleet’s. Instagram post.
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VanVleet was saying goodbye to a Raptors team that took a chance on him during the 2016-17 season. He posted a heartfelt tribute thanking the team and fans for supporting him over the past seven seasons.
«Words cannot do justice to how grateful I am to the city that saw me grow from a kid praying for a chance to an NBA CHAMPION, a star, and a father of 3!» he wrote.
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«I will always be indebted to the franchise that gave me a chance when no one else would. We built things together that can never be broken and we accomplished things that will last forever. I went from fans who didn’t know who I was, to fans favorite. , to the most hated and I’m grateful for every second. To the city, the franchise and the country that saw me grow every step of the way: THANK YOU.»
The Raptors signed VanVleet as an undrafted free agent from Wichita State. He was an All-Star during the 2021-22 season and helped Toronto win a championship in 2019.
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In 417 games with the Raptors, he averaged 14.6 points, 5.3 assists and 3.3 rebounds per game.