Fred VanVleet Apr 7, 2023; Boston, Massachusetts, USA; Toronto Raptors guard Fred VanVleet (23) brings the ball up the court against the Boston Celtics during the first quarter at TD Garden. Mandatory Credit: Winslow Townson-USA TODAY Sports

After going undrafted in 2016, Fred VanVleet signed with the Toronto Raptors. His time in Toronto brought him an NBA Championship and an All-Star appearance.

On Friday, VanVleet’s time in Toronto got him something else — a max contract with the Houston Rockets.

ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski reported that VanVleet agreed to a three-year, $130 million deal with the Rockets on Friday. He added that VanVleet’s deal is “the first max contract of the summer.”

VanVleet was a rotation player for the Raptors when they won the championship in 2019. The following year, he became a starter and his career really took off. Over the last four seasons, the now-former Raptors guard averaged 19.3 points, 6.7 assists, 1.8 steals and 4.1 rebounds a game for Toronto, while shooting 39.9% from the field, 36.7% on threes and 87.8% on free throws.

So, there’s no doubt that VanVleet is a good player capable of putting up solid numbers. But there’s a difference between a good player and a max player? And several people in the NBA world were less than convinced that VanVleet is worth a max deal that will pay him an average of more than $43 million a season.

VanVleet will be joining a Rockets team that has been one of the worst in the NBA over the last three seasons. But because of that, he’ll be joining a team that includes 2021’s No. 2 overall pick, Jalen Green, 2022’s No. 3 overall pick, Jabari Smith Jr. and 2023’s No. 4 overall pick, Amen Thompson.

[Adrian Wojnarowski]

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