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Toronto Raptors

Free agent options for the Toronto Raptors if Fred VanVleet leaves

Like Serge Ibaka and Marc Gasol, there's a chance that Fred VanVleet won't be on the Toronto Raptors next season.

VanVleet enters the offseason as the best point guard available in free agency, as well as arguably the best free agent available if we assume that Anthony Davis is going to re-sign with the Los Angeles Lakers and Brandon Ingram is going to sign a max extension with the New Orleans Pelicans, both of which are safe bets.

Raptors president Masai Ujiri said recently that re-signing VanVleet is a "big-time priority," but there is a possibility that he gets a better offer from another team this offseason, especially if Toronto is determined to preserve its cap space for next offseason.

If VanVleet does leave, the Raptors will likely turn to free agency to find a replacement, either at point guard or shooting guard.

Here's who the Raptors could be in the market for if that does happen.

Goran Dragic, Miami Heat (unrestricted)

After VanVleet, Dragic is the best point guard available this offseason. The 34-year-old received some votes for Sixth Man of the Year in the regular season and played a key role in Miami's run to the Finals, leading the Heat in scoring with 19.1 points per game through three rounds. Unfortunately for Dragic and the Heat, he suffered a tear of the left plantar fascia in Game 1 of the Finals, sidelining him for most of the series.

Jeff Teague, Atlanta Hawks (unrestricted)

Teague's best years are behind him, but he was still one of the more efficient pick-and-roll scorers in the league this season, ranking in the 90th percentile with an average of 1.05 points per possession. He's also a capable 3-point shooter, passer and defender. He's best suited to be a backup at this stage of his career.

D.J. Augustin, Orlando Magic (unrestricted)

After starting in all 81 games he appeared in during the 2018-19 season, Augustin came off the bench for the Magic this season to make way for Markelle Fultz. His numbers fell across the board, as did his efficiency, but Augustin is a proven 3-point shooter and solid playmaker. He's a career 37.9 percent shooter from 3-point range and averaged 5.0 assists per game over the last two seasons.

Kris Dunn, Chicago Bulls (restricted)

Dunn received the most All-Defensive votes among players who missed out on the two teams this season. He ranked second in steals per game (2.0) and fourth in deflections per game (3.7) on the season. Dunn is more limited on the other end of the court, averaging 7.3 points on .444/.259/.741 shooting splits. He's a restricted free agent, meaning Chicago will have the option of matching any offer sheet he receives in free agency.

Bogdan Bogdanovic, Sacramento Kings (restricted)

One of the best shooting guards available this offseason. Bogdanovic is coming off of a weird season with the Kings, one that started with him coming off the bench and ended with him starting over Buddy Hield. Bogdanovic is a well-rounded guard, someone who can play with and without the ball in his hands at a high level. A restricted free agent, the Kings will have the option of matching any offer sheet he signs.

Michael Carter-Williams, Orlando Magic (unrestricted)

Carter-Williams is similar to Dunn in that's a defensive-minded guard who is limited on offence. He's capable of guarding both guard positions, as well as some forwards. He averaged 7.2 points per game this season, his highest scoring average since 2015-16, but shot 42.7 percent from the field and 29.3 percent from the perimeter.

Isaiah Thomas, Washington Wizards (unrestricted)

Thomas averaged 12.2 points in 40 games with the Wizards this season, doing so on 40.8 percent shooting from the field and 41.3 percent from 3-point range. He underwent surgery on his right hip in May and will reportedly be ready for the start of the 2020-21 season.

Rajon Rondo, Los Angeles Lakers (player option)

Rondo has a player option for $2.6 million next season. He's coming off of a strong postseason with the Lakers that saw him average 8.9 points, 6.6 assists, 4.3 rebounds and 1.4 steals per game off the bench en route to his second championship. Rondo made 40.0 percent of his 3-point attempts in the playoffs.

Jordan Clarkson, Utah Jazz (unrestricted)

Clarkson brings instant offence off the bench. He gave the Jazz's second unit a needed scoring punch this season with an average of 15.6 points over 42 games. Always known for his scoring ability, Clarkson is coming off of the most efficient season of his career, posting a True Shooting percentage of 57.4 percent.

Evan Fournier, Orlando Magic (player option)

Fournier has a $17.0 million player option for next season. He averaged a career-best 18.5 points per game this season while shooting 46.7 percent from the field and 39.9 percent from 3-point range. He was among the league's leading scorers off of handoffs and off of screens, making him more than a spot-up shooter.

Joe Harris, Brooklyn Nets (unrestricted)

One of the best shooters in the league, many teams will be interested in Harris this offseason. He led the league in 3-point percentage in 2018-19, converting 47.4 percent of his 5.1 3-point attempts per game. He wasn't quite as accurate this season, but he was still among the league leaders in efficiency, making 42.4 percent of his 5.9 3-point attempts per game. Only Terrence Ross scored more points than Harris off of screens this season.

Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, Los Angeles Lakers (player option)

Caldwell-Pope has an $8.5 million player option for next season. He's more likely to opt-out of that option following a breakout postseason that saw him average 10.7 points per game on 37.8 percent shooting from the perimeter while limiting the likes of Duncan Robinson, Jamal Murray, Damian Lillard and Tyler Herro on the defensive end.

Wesley Matthews, Milwaukee Bucks (player option)

Matthews started at shooting guard for the Bucks this season, who finished the regular season with the best record in the league. He's a solid perimeter defender and 3-point shooter, knocking down 38.1 percent of his career 3-point attempts. He has a $2.7 million player option for next season.

Malik Beasley, Minnesota Timberwolves (restricted)

After coming off the bench for the Nuggets to start his career, Beasley thrived as a starter on the Timberwolves following this season's trade deadline to the tune of 20.7 points, 5.1 rebounds and 1.9 assists over 14 games. Like Dunn and Bogdanovic, he's a restricted free agent, giving the Timberwolves the option of matching any offer sheet he signs.

Jevon Carter, Phoenix Suns (restricted)

A pesky on-ball defender who made great strides as a 3-point shooter this season, going from shooting 33.3 percent as a rookie to 42.5 percent as a sophomore, Carter is an interesting option for any team in search of a young backup at point guard. Carter is also a restricted free agent.

De'Anthony Melton, Memphis Grizzlies (restricted)

The same applies to Melton, who is only 22, although he isn't the 3-point shooter that Carter is, shooting 30.5 percent from the perimeter as a rookie and 28.6 percent as a sophomore.

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