This morning the basketball world is waking up to a reportedly wild four-team trade between the Atlanta Hawks, Denver Nuggets, Houston Rockets and Minnesota Timberwolves.
Among the players moved in the trade is former Wildcat forward Jarred Vanderbilt, who will be leaving the Nuggets for Minnesota where he’ll team up with Karl-Anthony Towns.
Vanderbilt played at Kentucky in 2018, where he was limited to just 14 games due to injury. He averaged 5.9 points, with 7.9 rebounds when on the floor.
Despite only 14 college games, Vanderbilt was drafted by the Magic in the second round of the 2018 NBA Draft, but his draft rights were traded to Denver.
In his first two NBA seasons, Vanderbilt has only played in 25 games for the Nuggets, where he’s averaging 1.3 points per game. He has spent much of his pro career in the G-League and will look to play NBA minutes with the Timberwolves.
Vanderbilt now joins Wenyen Gabriel (Portland) and Willie Cauley-Stein (Dallas) to get traded this season.
Below is a full breakdown of the last night’s blockbuster.
Hawks receive: Clint Capela (Houston) and Nene (Houston)
Rockets receive: Robert Covington (Minnesota), Jordan Bell (Minnesota) and 2024 second-round pick (via Golden State Warriors
Timberwolves receive: Malik Beasley (Denver), Jarred Vanderbilt (Denver), Juancho Hernangomez (Denver), Evan Turner (Atlanta) and 2020 first-rounder (via Brooklyn Nets, lottery protected)
Nuggets receive: Gerald Green (Rockets), Keita Bates-Diop (Timberwolves), Shabazz Napier (Timberwolves), Noah Vonleh (Timberwolves) and 2020 first-round draft pick (Rockets)