The Minnesota Timberwolves have announced that guard Patrick Beverley, 33, and forward Jarred Vanderbilt, 22, have been added to the NBA’s health and safety protocols. The Athletic / Stadium’s Shams Charania reported the news of Minnesota’s roster update.
Both players last appeared as part of the Timberwolves’ starting lineup on Sunday against the Dallas Mavericks: Beverley logged 31 minutes on the night while Vanderbilt played for 38 minutes.
— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) December 20, 2021
Minnesota now has five players in the Association’s COVID protocols — alongside Anthony Edwards, Josh Okogie and Taurean Prince, per Hoops Rumors.
According to the latest guidelines released by the NBA — in an effort to combat short-handed rosters — the Timberwolves will be allowed to add a hardship exemption contract. The team signed Chris Silva to a 10-day deal, announced Monday per ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski.
On the season, Beverley is averaging 8.7 points, 4.5 rebounds and 4.7 assists in 26.7 minutes of action. Vanderbilt, the fourth-year product out of Kentucky, has averaged 6.1 points, 8.6 rebounds and 1.2 assists this year.
Should either player not test out of the protocols with two negative PCR tests, the Timberwolves will play without Beverley and Vanderbilt for the next four contests, including a rematch against the Mavericks on Tuesday.
The next scheduled matchup for Beverley and Vanderbilt to return will be a New Year’s Eve game against the Utah Jazz.