Los Angeles Lakers Extend Contract with Jarred Vanderbilt



Los Angeles Lakers Extend Contract with Jarred Vanderbilt

The Los Angeles Lakers have announced the contract extension of forward Jarred Vanderbilt. Vanderbilt, standing at 6’9″ and weighing 214 pounds, joined the Lakers through a trade with the Utah Jazz on February 9.

During the 2022-23 regular season, Vanderbilt played 26 games, making 24 starts for the Lakers. He averaged 7.2 points on an impressive 52.9% shooting from the field, along with 6.7 rebounds, 1.6 assists, and 1.2 steals in 24.1 minutes per game. In total, Vanderbilt played 78 games last season, split between the Lakers and the Jazz. He averaged 7.9 points (54.8 FG%), 7.5 rebounds, 2.4 assists, and 1.1 steals in 24.1 minutes per game.

During the 2023 NBA Playoffs with the Lakers, the 24-year-old forward participated in 15 games, making 13 starts, and averaged 4.6 points and 3.2 rebounds in 16.4 minutes per contest.

Over the course of his five professional NBA seasons, Vanderbilt has appeared in 244 career games, with 162 starts, playing for the Lakers, Jazz, Timberwolves, and Nuggets. The Texas native holds career averages of 6.2 points, 6.6 rebounds, 1.5 assists, and 1.0 steals in 20.6 minutes per game while shooting an impressive 57.3% from the field.

In postseason action, Vanderbilt has participated in 24 career games, making 19 starts, representing the Lakers, Timberwolves, and Nuggets. He has averaged 4.3 points and 3.8 rebounds in 15.9 minutes per game during playoff appearances.

Vanderbilt was drafted by the Orlando Magic as the 41st overall pick in the 2018 NBA Draft after a single collegiate season at the University of Kentucky during the 2017-18 season. In his lone year with the Wildcats, Vanderbilt averaged 5.9 points, 7.9 rebounds, and 1.0 assists in 17.0 minutes per contest.





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