On Tuesday, Nov. 24, the Toronto Raptors made the re-signing of Fred VanVleet official.
Undrafted in 2016, the 6-foot-1 guard from Wichita State signed the dotted line on a four-year deal reportedly worth $85 million. Per ESPN Stats & Info, it is by far the richest NBA contract signed by an undrafted player, surpassing a four-year deal worth $70.1 million signed by Wesley Matthews in 2015.
Fred VanVleet's reported $85M deal is by far the largest in total value for an undrafted player in NBA history, previous record was $70.1M by Wes Matthews.- ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) November 21, 2020
VanVleet's 17.6 PPG last season were the most by an undrafted player since Mike James for the Raptors in 2005-06 (20.3). pic.twitter.com/YH16dnjDIM
Not only is VanVleet's deal the richest total deal, but it is also the richest contract by average annual value (AAV). Below, find a list of the other notable undrafted players that fall behind VanVleet.
All contract information is per Spotrac.
|1.||Fred VanVleet||4 years, $85,000,000||$21,250,000||Toronto Raptors||2020-24|
|2.||Wesley Matthews||4 years, $70,060,026||$17,515,007||Dallas Mavericks||2015-19|
|3.||Kent Bazemore||4 years, $70,000,000||$17,500,000||Atlanta Hawks||2016-20|
|4.||Brad Miller||7 years, $68,000,000||$9,714,286||Indiana Pacers||2003-10|
|5.||Timofey Mozgov||4 years, $64,000,000||$16,000,000||Los Angeles Lakers||2016-20|
|6.||Joe Ingles||4 years, $52,000,000||$13,000,000||Utah Jazz||2017-21|
|7.||Tyler Johnson||4 years, $50,000,000||$12,500,000||Miami Heat||2016-20|
|8.||Robert Covington||4 years, $46,879,127||$11,719,782||Philadelphia 76ers||2018-22|
|9.||Ben Wallace||3 years, $46.000,000||$15,333,333||Chicago Bulls||2006-09|
|10.||José Calderon||5 years, $45,000,000||$9,000,000||Toronto Raptors||2008-13|
|11.||Christian Wood||3 years, $41,000,000||$13,666,667||Houston Rockets||2020-23|
|12.||Dewayne Dedmon||3 years, $40,000,000||$13,333,333||Sacramento Kings||2019-22|
|13.||Matthew Dellavedova||4 years, $38,430,000||$9,607,500||Milwaukee Bucks||2016-20|
|14.||Jeremy Lin||3 years, $38,300,000||$12,766,667||Brooklyn Nets||2016-19|
|15.||Andres Nocioni||5 years, $37,5000,00||$7,500,000||Chicago Bulls||2008-13|
While VanVleet has signed the richest deal, it is Matthews, who signed with the Los Angeles Lakers this offseason, that remains at the top of the list of highest lifetime earners among undrafted players. Here's a look at where the top 10 will stand following the 2020-21 NBA season, per Spotrac.
VanVleet, who will be 29 years old when he will have a player option for the final year of his deal in the 2023-24 season, stands to continue to rise up the list of total earnings through the life of his contract.
Not bad for an undrafted player.
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