David McMenaminESPN Writer2 minute read
LOS ANGELES — Jarred Vanderbilt agreed to a four-year, $48 million extension with the Lakers, locking up the defensive-minded forward a couple of weeks before the start of training camp, sources told ESPN on Friday.
Sources said the new deal includes a player option for the fourth season.
Vanderbilt was acquired from the Utah Jazz in a series of moves that Lakers vice president of basketball operations and general manager Rob Pelinka orchestrated near the trade deadline last season and was a key piece in Los Angeles moving forward. towards the play-in tournament at the end of the season. until the Western Conference finals.
Vanderbilt, 24, averaged 7.2 points, 6.7 rebounds and 1.2 steals in 26 games (24 starts) after joining the Lakers. Lakers coach Darvin Ham often asked him to protect the opposing team’s most lethal offensive threat.
The lanky 6-foot-8, 214-pound forward is the fifth member of last season’s Lakers team to receive a multi-year extension this offseason, joining Anthony Davis, Austin Reaves, D’Angelo Russell and Rui Hachimura .
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