The Toronto Raptors have extended qualifying offers to guards Fred VanVleet and Nando de Colo as well as forward Malcolm Miller, the team announced Wednesday. The three players are all now restricted free agents in the 2018 offseason, meaning Toronto has the ability to match any offer sheet signed by the players.
The @Raptors have extended qualifying offers to Fred Van Vleet, Malcolm Miller, and Nando De Colo to retain their restricted free agent rights.- RaptorsMR (@RaptorsMR) June 27, 2018
VanVleet is projected to command interest on the free agent market this offseason. In his second season out of Wichita State, the 6-0 guard averaged 8.6 points and 3.2 assists in 76 games as a reserve, finishing third in voting for the Kia Sixth Man Award.
Miller joined the Raptors on a two-way contract in the 2017-18 season. He appeared in 15 games, earned four starts and scored a career-high eight points in a Raptors win over the Knicks in March.
Nando de Colo was traded to the Raptors in January 2014 and appeared in 21 games at the end of the 2013-14 season. In his time with Toronto, the French guard averaged 3.1 points before signing with CSKA Moscow in 2014. De Colo, the 2016 EuroLeague MVP, has been a First-Team All-EuroLeague selection for the past three seasons.
NBA Free Agency begins Sunday, July 1.