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Jarred Vanderbilt signs contract with Nuggets


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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.

Article written by Drew Franklin

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27 responses to “Jarred Vanderbilt signs contract with Nuggets”

  1. babbus

    Proves he was right? Idk about that, would depend on the burden of proof you’re talking about. Powerful evidence sure, but not definitive proof

    1. mm40

      Absolutely proves he made the right decision. He seems to be prone to injury, he needed to try and get paid before everyone runs away from an injury prone guy. He left college and will get paid to maybe not ever play. I think that is all the proof that is needed to indicate he made the right decision.

    2. timbo

      “Babbus” and friends have no clue. They don’t know empathy, they only want what is best for themselves. Clearly, Babbus makes $4 million per day doing whatever he wants, so that guaranteed contract means nothing to him.

  2. Matty Arbuckle

    Damn he got $4M and might never be able to play…

    1. DelrayCat

      These contracts are NEVER guaranteed after first year. They can cut him after that without paying the rest of the contract, but have him locked up at that price for 3 years if they choose.

  3. Rod Crandler

    Who is this Vanderbilt guy? Don’t remember having a player by that name that played for us.

    1. Luether

      He didn’t play much…

  4. Booby Petrino

    Lol well Drew isn’t the lawyer of the group, clearly. This doesn’t prove he made the right call. It only proves he made the right call if you can say with 100% certainty he would’ve gotten injured. Had he come back, not gotten injured, and had a great season, he’d be signing for a whole lot more than this. I’m not saying he made the wrong decision, just laughing at Drew’s “proof he made the right call.”

    1. crazycatfan65

      You should be laughing at your silly A$$ comment. Drew was right, Vanderbilt did make the right call. Ever hear of Dejuan Waggner? He is a great example of ” PROOF he made the right CAll”.

    2. KYfaninNM

      Crazy, so you are 100% sure he will be hurt next season? No one can predict the future and you cannot say 100% this is the right call. Unless you think he couldn’t get more money by coming back with a healthy season which is just ignorant and laughable. Not saying he made the right or wrong call, only time will tell that.

    3. Mathlete

      Vanderbilt now has 4 million reasons to have chosen the NBA over the NCAA over the next 3 years

    4. timbo

      I see you making the decision to walk away from $4 mil to risk it… not a chance. Comparing the risk he would accept year to year, it is absolutely proof. A bird in the hand is an easy (no risk) call…especially if said bird is worth millions…

    5. J. Did

      He needs a CPA now ……and/or he needs to call Fidelity, for example, any ‘reputable’ investment firm and immediately begin to save a reasonable amount at this young age. I’d propose 25-30% of his first year salary – in case of future injury – and put the funds over the year in a Self Employed 401(k) or Individual 401(k)). Additionally, he needs to purchase a career ending insurance policy. Goode luck to the young man.

  5. runningunnin.454

    HOLY CRAP…roll the dice.

  6. lribookend

    I tend to agree with Drew. When you have millions in front of you, take them. There is too much uncertainty with the future. I speak like an old man, but that is what I am. I worked my whole life and didn’t earn as much as V will make with this contract, and he is totally unproven to be healthy for 4 years in the league. Sometimes you win when you gamble, often times you lose. That kind of money, properly invested, can provide him a nice income for life. Why would you take a chance that maybe your stock would go up, when it might also go down? Take the money and run.

    1. njCat

      Hope he does put it in the bank. He’s gonna need it.

  7. W1ldCats4Life

    He made the right move period. What is uncertain here is the details. I feel confident that figure is contingent on health and status, not guaranteed. He probably has a minimum guarantee with a higher ceiling. Nuggets aren’t just handing money out to anyone injured. They will have to have some return on their investment as well.

    However, this 100000% proves he did make the correct decision. Saying he comes back and ups his amount is as risky and as likely as hitting the pick 5 Friday. You play, you might do that, but most likely not. We should all be proud of this kid for making a good decision. Hope he gets healthy and gets a max deal after this.

    1. timbo

      Smartest comment on the board

  8. CoachCat

    All these what if comments crack me up. He made the right call lol. What if he came back and got hurt, he’d be worth less. LMAO!!! Let’s play the what if game then. What if he’d have returned, had a breakout season, won the national championship and was drafted #1? Is it still the right decision? That’s what I thought

    1. J-Dub421

      Vanderbilt is currently out injured, so what do you think are the realistic odds of your scenario actually happening? Answer: slim to none. Vanderbilt has been very injury prone for years now.

      Tell you what, I will buy you a Power Ball ticket if you’re willing to go quit your job right now. You might win millions, but the odds are that you’ll get nothing. Would you take the lottery ticket in that scenario? That’s what I thought.

  9. chrisg18

    Definitely made the right call, and obviously this was guaranteed to him before the draft which is why he stayed in. Word is that all 3 years are guaranteed, and if that’s the case, it was a no brainer for him. Now it blows my mind the Nuggets would do this. I have major doubts whether Vanderbilt will ever be a high impact player in the NBA, because even if he was healthy he would be a long ways away from really contributing. But man if someone guarantees you $4 million and there is some doubt you may ever play, you take it. If he’s smart with his money he is set for life.

    To be honest, UK is probably better off with the frontcourt they ended up with, so win win for both sides.

  10. Rod Crandler

    Depends on the terms of the contract. Could be that he only get’s minimum unless he’s able to play and contributes. We don’t know the details.

    1. timbo

      League minimum for a rookie not on a G-league team is over $800k. If On a G-league roster its prorated + $ 77K for the G-league. There’s your guarantee. What are you pulling down this year???

  11. slimtim

    He made the right call at this time…all you criticizing him…have you ever been offered $4 mil over 3 years?? If he gets injured then he still has some guaranteed money…hope the kid does well

  12. sprtphan

    Hope that includes free medical.

    1. Luether

      And dental…

  13. RC

    I’ve seen stories where the minimum NBA salary for a first year player is $582,000. Your $800,000 figure might be the minimum for 1st round picks.

    Vanderbilt’s contract is probably 1 year guaranteed with team options in years 2 & 3. After taxes and commissions he take home around 50% of his salary, before living expenses.

    It’s great money for a 19 year old but it’s not “set for life” money. Let’s not pretend anyone of us know if this was the right move. That will only be known in time.