Rather than test his luck in free agency, Jonas Jerebko has decided to pick up his player option for the 2014-15 season and return to the Detroit Pistons at a price tag of $4.5 million. Jerebko revealed his plans to Boras Tidning, a newspaper in Sweden.
(The following quotes have been translated — obviously, not perfectly — through Google)
“I’ve already made my decision. I have a year left in Detroit, and I drive on. It’s a very important summer season and waiting now.”
When did you decide?
“Almost immediately after the season. I know I can do it better than I showed last season. I expect the next will be much better.”
Jerebko’s decision leaves 11 Pistons under contract for next season at a total cost of approximately $42.1 million, per Basketball Reference. That’s $21 million or so below the projected salary cap, though Detroit still could add a substantial heap of dough onto what it has spent by re-signing Greg Monroe. Only Monroe, Charlie Villanueva and Rodney Stuckey now stand as pending free agents from the 2013-14 roster; the Pistons also hold a $2.5 million team option on Chauncey Billups, which they’re unlikely to pick up.
Jerebko figures to slot back in as depth up front for new head coach Stan Van Gundy, offering some help at either the 3- or 4-spot. The 27-year-old Jerebko averaged 4.2 points and 2.7 rebounds per game last season.
(h/t: Piston Powered)