SEPTEMBER 15: The Timberwolves have officially announced their new deals with both Vanderbilt and McLaughlin, confirming the signings in a press release.
SEPTEMBER 10: Restricted free agent forward Jarred Vanderbilt has agreed to stay with the Timberwolves on a three-year, $13.8MM contract, ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski tweets.
Vanderbilt’s contract starts at $4MM and include some likely and unlikely bonuses, ESPN’s Bobby Marks tweets. It’s fully guaranteed for the first two years and partially guaranteed in the final year of the deal, Michael Scotto of Hoops Hype tweets.
Vanderbilt played 64 games, including 30 starts, last season. He averaged 5.4 PPG and 5.8 RPG in 17.8 MPG. He was limited to 28 games combined in his first two seasons, including a stint with the Nuggets.
The Timberwolves are also re-signing another restricted free agent, Jordan McLaughlin. He’ll receive a three-year, $6.5MM contract, Jon Krawczynski of The Athletic tweets. The first two years are guaranteed.
McLaughlin, who is entering his third season, appeared in 51 games last season, including two starts. He averaged 5.0 PPG and 3.8 APG in 18.4 MPG and adds depth at the point guard spot.
14 thoughts on “Timberwolves Re-Sign Jarred Vanderbilt, Jordan McLaughlin”
5.5 points…almost 6 whole rebounds!!! That’s definitely worth over $4 million dollars a year!!!
Considering the MPG and age, it’s a pretty good bargain.
Clearly, you don’t actually follow the Wolves.
Or understand basketball.
That’s 11 pts, 11.6 reb, and 1.5 blocks per 36. Not too shabby for a rotational guy.
Except the per 36 is just a theoretical average of what you might do if you maintained a short sample for a longer period of time. Just because a guy scores 8 points in 10 minutes a game does not necessarily mean he will score 32 points in 40 minutes a game. It just means he racks up stats in garbage time minutes but when the other team is actually trying, he wouldn’t do so good.
That being said, Vanderbilt still does have some upside and is probably worth $4MM. There are many players making more money that will be sitting as much without the upside.
I agree with the overall point, but for most of the season Vanderbilt was not getting only garbage time minutes. He was either starting or being one of the first ones off the bench. And those stats along with his good defense and youth are easily worth 4MM.
Except for he did more in 10 minutes than a guy that does play the other 38 minutes would have. So his 10 minutes is crucial.
In the specific case of Vando, he is a gem. Great defender, try looking up his defensive stats. Their not easy to find or understand like box scores but more valuable.
Teams are going to regret not giving Vando and Cam Payne fair deals and playing time. Zach Collins 7 per year million and Vando 4 is robbery. I would rather have Vando than Aaron Gordon straight up. 92 vs 13, GM’s are crazy
You say Vanderbilt has “upside”… How do you arrive at this conclusion without using his prorated stats? Because he appears to try hard? His advantage is not in skills. I doubt he learns the 3pt shot. But he is still worth a raise, as the 36′ numbers suggest.
The semi-advanced 36′ prorate is a device for communicating value and is for comparative purposes. The concern that it counts “garbage time” stats is relevant, but bogus for multiple reasons. They support $4m per year better than a claim of “upside”.
He’s the type of role player teams need. He’s also young and can still improve other parts of his game. Especially if he ever gets a 3 point shot.
Look at the earnings of players like a Ariza, PJ Tucker, etc.
Vando, Kenrich Williams, Lu Dort, Jaesean Tate, Cam Payne might as well play overseas, they would make the same money but at least be greater appreciated.
Both of these signings are good for the team. Low cost, high upside players. Both of them
J-Mac is a lot better than most casual fans know. He is small, but really knows his role.
Vanderbilt has a little bit higher ceiling. If he can keep his rebounding and deflection rates (3 steals per 36!) going he will be an absolute steal at that price.