VanVleet prepares for free agency, loses out on Sixth Man Award

ROCKFORD, Ill. (WIFR) -- Free agency in the NBA gets underway in less than a week for Fred VanVleet.

VanVleet, 24, is a restricted free agent, which means Toronto can match any offer the Auburn grad signs. But it's no secret the two want to work out a deal that's beneficial for both sides.

"We're all saying the right things and things can change," said VanVleet. "So, I'm not oblivious to the business of how things work. But at the same time, I think it should be pretty easy to get things done."

The point guard also has the recognition of being a finalist for the NBA Sixth Man Award. Unfortunately for the Rockford native, the award was given to Lou Williams of the Los Angeles Clippers.

Free agency begins when the new league year starts on July 1.

"I would understand if it didn't work out because from their side of things they have to do what they think is best for them," said VanVleet. "But, you know, my position is clear, I think they've made their position clear. So, now we just got to wait until we're actually allowed to sit down and talk about it."