Fred VanVleet to Rockets

Adrian Wojnarowki: Free agent G Fred VanVleet has agreed on a three-year, $130 million contract with the Houston Rockets, @KlutchSports CEO Rich Paul and agent Erika Ruiz tell ESPN. Rockets land ex-Raptors All-Star in his prime at 29 years old.
Source: Twitter @wojespn

What’s the buzz on Twitter?

Mark Deeks @MarkDeeksNBA
A 32 year old Fred VanVleet is going to be getting paid $45 million. – 8:46 PM
Adrian Wojnarowski @wojespn
Free agent G Fred VanVleet has agreed on a three-year, $130 million contract with the Houston Rockets, @KlutchSports CEO Rich Paul and agent Erika Ruiz tell ESPN. Rockets land ex-Raptors All-Star in his prime at 29 years old. PM
Salman Ali @SalmanAliNBA
Woj says the Rockets are still aggressively pursuing Fred VanVleet, Brook Lopez, and Dillon Brooks. An offer has been put in front of VanVleet.
Says Houston intends to use all of their cap space tonight. – 8:33 PM
Vivek Jacob @vivekmjacob
Woj says on NBA Today that “Toronto is in a real fight with Houston to hold onto Fred VanVleet.” – 8:32 PM
Sam Quinn @SamQuinnCBS
It sort of feels like, right now, the next major wave of free agency is waiting on Fred VanVleet to make up his mind.
VanVleet’s decision will determine how much space the Rockets have left, and if they still have $60 million, that messes up everyone else’s plans. – 8:07 PM
Eric Koreen @ekoreen
Fred VanVleet boldly killing his shot at the Magic Johnson Award for player who best combines excellent play with excellence with the media by daring to drag his decision into the third hour of free agency. – 7:49 PM
Jorge Sierra @hoopshype
Fred VanVleet
Brook Lopez
D’Angelo Russell
Austin Reaves
Russell Westbrook – 7:39 PM
Michael Grange @michaelgrange
I told Axel this FVV/FA stuff wouldn’t take long and now he’s miffed. Won’t even look me in the eye. PM
Sam Quinn @SamQuinnCBS
I’d still expect DLo to re-sign with the Lakers on a short-term deal, but the Rockets potentially missing out on VanVleet has me a little nervous. They’re a wild card in all of this. – 7:30 PM
James Plowright @British_Buzz
Lopez or FVV to Houston, one of them is almost certainly happening – 7:23 PM
Anil Gogna @AnilGognaNBA
Over 1 hour into Free Agency:
24 signings + 1 extension and about $1.1 Billion given out in new money.
Houston still with $66M in Cap Space. If they don’t get FVV it will be interesting to see how they spend their money. – 7:20 PM
John Hollinger @johnhollinger
Top 5 still available on my board:
PJ Washington…7:12 PM
Michael Pina @MichaelVPina
If FVV goes back to Toronto, the Rockets have no choice but to offer Grant Williams the max – 7:11 PM
Mark Deeks @MarkDeeksNBA
Enjoying how we’re 71 minutes into free agency and people are already frustrated at “how long” Fred VanVleet is taking. – 7:11 PM
Tim Reynolds @ByTimReynolds
The waiting game for FVV is in full effect right now. – 6:47 PM
Ryan Wolstat @WolstatSun
It’s wild that Fred VanVleet made $543,000 in his first year with the Raptors and $905,000 the next year (if the old article I dug up is correct) and will make more than those deals combined on every paycheque on whatever his new deal is. – 6:37 PM
David Hardisty @clutchfans
We are live on @RocketsWatch to discuss free agency and trades as the news comes in. #Rockets fans are here as we find out if Fred VanVleet, Dillon Brooks and/or Brook Lopez are heading to Clutch City.…5:31 PM
Eric Koreen @ekoreen
Here is my quick list of potential guard candidates for Raps if FVV walks (or, in some cases, even if he doesn’t) PM
John Hollinger @johnhollinger
couple new items on our free agent blog on how Fred VanVleet ‘s potential contract in Houston would be bad for Toronto, and thoughts on the Joe Harris trade to Detroit
Updating all week here:…3:48 PM
Payal Doshi @PayalDoshiTV
Is it 6pm yet?!
Where will Fred VanVleet land?
#NBAFreeAgency3:13 PM
Salman Ali @SalmanAliNBA
New from @JakeLFischer:
-Rockets backed off of pursuing Harden when Ime Udoka was hired and FVV became their top point guard target
-Udoka prefers adding defensive-minded veterans like Dillon Brooks and Brook Lopez to Houston’s young core
-Houston in “driver’s seat” for… – 1:37 PM
Evan Sidery @esidery
The Rockets plan to meet with Dillon Brooks and Brook Lopez in Los Angeles when free agency begins, per @KellyIko (…).
Houston has long been rumored to covet Fred VanVleet, Brooks and Lopez with their $60+ million in cap space. PM
Vivek Jacob @vivekmjacob
I’d be concerned about Poeltl’s desire to stay in Toronto if VanVleet is indeed out the door. Why wouldn’t he see the Spurs as a better long-term option? This could all come crashing down very, very quickly. – 12:02 PM
Salman Ali @SalmanAliNBA
New from @KellyIko:
-Rockets meeting with free agents Dillon Brooks and Brook Lopez at the start of free agency
-They expect to also meet with Bruce Brown and Kyrie Irving
-They hope to meet with Fred VanVleet
-Meeting with forward Kyle Kuzma is also a possibility
-KJ Martin… – 11:48 AM
Aaron Rose @AaronBenRose
I appreciate that Gabe Vincent was good in the playoffs but I’m confounded by the idea that the Raptors are going to run back almost the same roster, swap Fred VanVleet for Vincent, and think that’s a good idea. – 11:46 AM
Michael Grange @michaelgrange
Looked into VanVleet’s free agency and the bind the Raptors could be in if he does take offer from Houston. He is meeting with Raptors and Rockets tonight with Houston a very strong contender to sign the all-star guard:…11:36 AM
Aaron Rose @AaronBenRose
If this is the end of Fred VanVleet’s tenure with the Raptors, let’s make sure we never forget this moment on his list of greatest moments as a Raptor. He had a lot of OMG moments on the court. This was certainly an OMG moment off it 😂…10:08 AM
David Hardisty @clutchfans
Woj implies the hiring of Ime Udoka changed the #Rockets pursuit of James Harden: “I think once Ime Udoka came in as head coach, they started looking at their roster and what they wanted to do in free agency — I think Fred VanVleet has moved to the top of the list in Houston.” AM
Marc Stein @TheSteinLine
The current plan entering NBA free agency Friday at 6 PM ET is for Fred VanVleet to hold in-person meetings in Los Angeles with officials from the Rockets and Raptors, according to a source familiar with the schedule.
More NBA from me: marcstein.substack.com11:37 PM

More on this storyline

Evan Sidery: Fred VanVleet is the most likely top-tier free agent to leave his current team, per @wojespn: – Raptors want to re-sign VanVleet, but the Rockets are a “serious threat” to bring him to Houston. – VanVleet will meet with Toronto and Houston tonight before making a decision. – Ime Udoka is a driving force behind the Rockets’ pursuit of VanVleet. -via Twitter @esidery / June 30, 2023
Michael Grange: A positive sign? Raptors meeting w/ Fred VanVleet in LA at 3pm PT, his first *official* contact of FA. There is some optimism that 4th yr @ $30m will be enough to keep VanVleet in TO. Would also help cause re: Poeltl who is expected to be in range of 4yrs at $20m+. We’ll see. -via Twitter @michaelgrange / June 30, 2023

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