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Jonas Jerebko opting into final year of his contract


Jonas Jerebko averaged 28 minutes per game as a rookie.

In the last two years, he’s played that much in a game just six times, including zero times last season.

It’s been a frustrating few years for the Pistons who forward, who missed the entire 2010-11 season due to an Achilles injury, lost Lawrence Frank’s trust and then never received Maurice Cheeks’.

Yet, Jerebko will opt into the final year of his contract – which will pay him $4.5 million next season – to stay in Detroit.

Jerebko, via Borås Tidning:

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.

I feel I can be much better than what I got the chance to show this past season

Jerebko on his previous experiences with new Pistons coach/president Stan Van Gundy:

It got very positive reactions. I remember him from when he coached Orlando and it is an experienced coach who has been in the league a long time.I always talked to him when we met, and I know he likes my playing time.

We will sit down and go through some things. What does he look at me? What does he want? What kind of player he thinks that I should be? What should I do extra work much on? It will be fun to have a little talk.

Jerebko will make $4.5 million – more than he could have gotten anywhere else. Everything else is just window dressing.

At his best, he’s an excellent offensive rebounder, energetic defender and good enough spot-up 3-point shooter. At his worst, he over-dribbles, shoots too much and plays a step slow defensively after using all his energy to create his own shot.

Jerebko showed glimpses late last season of returning to the player he was his first couple years in the league, but not enough to get a bigger contract this summer. If he sustains that production over longer stretches next season, there’s an outside chance his salary could rise in 2015.

Sixers’ Wilbekin hits game-winning three vs. Cavs (VIDEO)

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LeBron James sat out the Cavs’ preseason game against the Sixers on Thursday night, but Cleveland still held the lead for all but the final 5.4 seconds. Then, Sixers rookie Scottie Wilbekin did this:

Wilbekin, who played college ball at Florida, has a chance to earn legitimate minutes for the Sixers this season as they try to find young talent on the cheap. This is a good start.

Derrick Rose’s eye still swollen, will rejoin Bulls Monday

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Eight days ago, Derrick Rose had surgery to repair a fractured orbital bone suffered in training camp. The Bulls said he would be ready to resume basketball activities in two weeks, and in the meantime will rejoin practice soon. That part is still on schedule — head coach Fred Hoiberg says Rose will be with the team when they return to Chicago on Monday following a two-game preseason road trip, but unless the swelling in his eye dies down, it could be a little longer before he can start practicing again.

Via K.C. Johnson of the Chicago Tribune:

It’s not ideal, but since there’s no structural damage to Rose’s face, once he’s cleared to resume practicing, it’s just a matter of getting back into game shape before he can start playing in games. The team is still optimistic he’ll be able to play opening night against the Cavaliers on October 27.