Jarred Vanderbilt’s first NBA deal is done.
The former Kentucky Wildcat inked a multi-year contract with Denver on Wednesday, reportedly worth $4 million over three years. He was the 41st pick in the 2018 draft, but it’s still unclear when he’ll actually be able to play. He missed the majority of his freshman season in Lexington before leaving for the league with an average of six points and eight rebounds per game in only 14 games played at UK.
For those who questioned Vanderbilt’s decision to leave, this news proves he made the right call. That’s a lot of money for a guy with so much uncertainty around him. If he had returned and gotten hurt again, he would’ve been lucky to see a fraction of that.