In early July, they agreed to new contracts with D’Angelo Russell, Austin Reaves and Rui Hachimura, three of their most important pieces around LeBron James and Anthony Davis. They also made some additions around the margins, including 3-and-D wing Taurean Prince, guard Gabe Vincent, center Jaxson Hayes and, most recently, big man Christian Wood.
On Friday, Los Angeles reportedly made another move in the name of continuity by agreeing with forward Jarred Vanderbilt on a four-year, $48 million extension. The fourth year of the deal is a player option.
Los Angeles Lakers forward Jarred Vanderbilt has agreed on a four-year, $48 million contract extension with the franchise, Klutch Sports CEO Rich Paul and agent Erika Ruiz told @TheAthletic @Stadium. Deal is fully guaranteed with a player option in the fourth year. pic.twitter.com/4kuLlt8zeT
— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) September 15, 2023
Vanderbilt arrived along with Russell in February’s Russell Westbrook trade. He quickly became an important cog in the Lakers machine with his effective and versatile defense. He would cover not just opposing wings, but also guards such as Luka Doncic and even Ja Morant.
The 6-foot-8 man still needs to improve his outside shooting and his ability to catch passes and finish in the paint. But he has become an integral part of L.A.’s championship hopes.