Justin Rodgers of MLive.com reports
A Pistons team source also confirmed forward Jonas Jerebko has agreed to re-sign with Detroit for four years. His deal is valued at $18 million.
“I’m very happy to be back in The Palace and to play for the Detroit Pistons,” Jerebko wrote in a statement on his official website. “Can’t wait to step on the floor again and show all the Detroit fans that I’m back. It’s been a long summer and I’m ready to play. Very happy to be a Piston for the next four years and more to come”
Jerebko, a restricted free agent, missed the entire 2010-11 season with an Achilles tendon tear sustained in the Pistons preseason opener. As a rookie the season before, he started 73 games, averaging 9.3 points and 6.0 rebounds.
A little pricey but you are paying for potential so in that light it is okay.
During Jerebko’s first season, I thought he only proved himself to be an 8th or 9th man utility player kind of talent. Not that he wasn’t capable of doing more down the road but, in terms of current ability, that is where he stood at the time. Jerebko struggled physically to matchup against many of the bigger PFs in the league and wasn’t skilled enough offensively for major minutes at SF.
However, there have been a litter of glowing reports about how well Jerebko has looked in pickup games and in training sessions over the last few weeks and months. Many have commented on his much improved physique as well as his improved guard-skills (ball-handling, passing, jump shooting).
So hopefully, when all is said and done, Jerebko will have improved enough to make this (slightly) pricey deal look like a bargain.
I know one for sure, I am not betting against him. Good signing.