Toronto Raptors

Bringing Fred VanVleet back is a 'top priority,' says Toronto Raptors general manager Bobby Webster

At 6:00 p.m. (ET) on Friday, Nov. 20, teams will be allowed to negotiate with free agents.

The Toronto Raptors enter free agency with a lot at stake. A number of players who played key roles in the team's success last season are set to be free agents this offseason, headlined by Fred VanVleet.

Ahead of free agency, Raptors general manager Bobby Webster told reporters that bringing VanVleet back is "our biggest priority" and that "everything's been positive" so far.

"We've said it publicly, privately, every which way, he's our top priority," Webster said, per TSN's Josh Lewenberg. "The biggest priority for the offseason is bringing him back."

MORE: Evaluating VanVleet's game heading into free agency

VanVleet is one of the best players available in the 2020 free agent class. He's coming off of the best season of his career, posting averages of 17.6 points, 6.6 assists and 3.8 rebounds per game on .413/.390/.848 shooting splits. There are a number of teams that could pursue him in free agency.

VanVleet recently gave some insight on his mindset entering free agency, saying he's "trying to get paid" while on JJ Redick's podcast.

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