San Antonio Spurs Free Agency

San Antonio Spurs: Pass or pursue 10 role player free agents

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6. Jarred Vanderbilt - PF, Minnesota Timberwolves (Restricted)

The least-known name in this list, Jarred Vanderbilt has some intriguing qualities. The 6-9 power forward from Houston hardly saw the floor in his first two seasons but saw an increase in minutes this year with the Timberwolves.

Still, with Minnesota having a crowded frontcourt already, Vanderbilt only got 18 minutes a night to showcase his impressive defense. As our friends at Dunking with Wolves recently wrote, he's a "long, athletic, switchable defender and plus rebounder." Unfortunately, Jarred's offense has proven to be extremely limited so far.

Vanderbilt put up averages of 5.4 points and 5.8 rebounds per game this season, which average out to 11 points and 11.6 rebounds per 36 minutes.

On paper, some of Vanderbilt's upsides like rebounding, defensive switchability, and solid defense are all things the Spurs need going forward. The current bigs, Jakob Poeltl, Gorgui Dieng, and Drew Eubanks all can only do some of each while also being relatively limited offensively.

I admittedly haven't seen much of Vanderbilt's game, but I'm not exactly clamoring for yet another offensively-challenged big man that doesn't shoot from the outside. Maybe Jarred will have a breakout year and prove me wrong in the future. After all, he's only 21.

For now, I don't see him being a necessary move for San Antonio.

Verdict: Pass

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