The Minnesota Timberwolves have agreed to terms with restricted free agent forward Jarred Vanderbilt on a three-year deal worth $13.8 million. Vanderbilt was one of the better remaining free agents on the market, but his restricted status made him likely to return to Minnesota.
Vanderbilt became a regular rotation player for the first time in 2020-21. He played in 64 games for the Wolves with 30 starts. In 17.8 minutes per game, Vanderbilt averaged 5.4 points and 5.8 rebounds per game. He also shot 60.6% from the floor.
Without an established power forward on the roster, Vanderbilt is expected to compete with Jaden McDaniels and Taurean Prince for a starting job. McDaniels was a 2020 first round pick by the Wolves, while Prince was acquired this offseason in exchange for guard Ricky Rubio. Vanderbilt's experience playing next to Karl-Anthony Towns in Minnesota's frontcourt may give him an advantage headed into training camp.