After missing the season due to injury, Jonas Jerebko has suddenly become the most covered Piston of the offseason. The latest to catch up with him was Vince Ellis of the Detroit Free Press, who got a few questions in with Jerebko as he helped serve ice cream for charity in Detroit. The subject of Jerebko’s contract came up:
As for where he will be playing next season, the Pistons likely won’t let the second-year forward walk as they can match any offer he receives. But Jerebko, 24, realizes the business aspect of the game.
“We had a good talk, and we’ll see what happens,” Jerebko said of president Joe Dumars. “Like I told you before, the NBA is a business, and I’m looking forward to start playing; I just want to play basketball. So hopefully it’s here, but you never know.”
Considering how popular Jerebko is (and how unpopular many of his teammates are right now), it’s a foregone conclusion that Jerebko will be back. What is going to be interesting is the cost. A healthy Jerebko would’ve likely been in line for a significant raise and long-term contract. He’s worked very hard to rehab his injury, so it will be interesting to see if the Pistons try to sign him to a shorter term contract as a result of that injury or if they reward him for his rookie season and off-the-court work this year with a more lucrative offer.
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