Jarred Vanderbilt’s future seems tied to continuing one more year in the Minnesota Timberwolves discipline. The young power forward came on the market in August as a restricted free agent, a condition that gave him the ability to explore his value for new opportunities and, who knows, maybe an interesting contract. It is not being this way. As of September 8 and with the teams closing their squads for the start of training camp, Vanderbilt has not received any offer that seduces him and that represents a step forward in the face of leaving the Wolves.
As reported by Jon Krawczynski of The AthleticThe 22-year-old has been hoping to land a multi-year contract that would also earn him a salary commensurate with what he hopes to contribute on the court. It has been a personal gamble, one in which he wished he could take a step forward in his career; however, he has come across a reality marked by having no other options than Minnesota at this time.
The organization of the Eastern Conference extended the qualifying offer to Vanderbilt for two million dollars, a move that is now revealed as successful, since it can give them the option to continue evaluating the progression of a young player without compromising the future or spending excessively.
Without knowing exactly the numbers that Vanderbilt expected from free agency, the truth is that his statistics for the 2020-21 course did not invite him to aim very high. It is true that he went from barely playing in previous years to playing up to 64 games to average 5.4 points and 5.8 rebounds in 17.8 minutes per night. It sounds good, but perhaps for those interested – Chicago would have been one of them – it is a scarce sample to make a large bet.
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