Restricted free agent Jarred Vanderbilt has decided to commit his future to the Minnesota Timberwolves, his agent Kevin Bradbury revealed to ESPN on Friday. The forward has signed a three-year, $13.8 million contract with the team.
Vanderbilt began his NBA career in 2018, as the 41st overall pick in the NBA Draft. He played for the Denver Nuggets over two seasons before making the move to the Timberwolves on February 5th, 2020.
The 22-year-old forward has experienced a difficult start to his professional basketball career as the result of numerous injuries. Over the last two-plus seasons, Vanderbilt has appeared in just 28 games for both Denver and Minnesota combined, averaging 5.4 points and 5.8 rebounds in a little under 18 minutes per game.
Last season was the first full season that Vanderbilt was able to play through without injuries since his junior year of high school. During his time with the Kentucky Wildcats, Vanderbilt was only able to feature in 14 games, averaging 5.9 points and 7.9 rebounds in 17 minutes per game.