Jonas Jerebko was a bit of a surprising signing for the Golden State Warriors. He entered the offseason under contract with the Utah Jazz, and there was no reason to think the team didn’t intend to keep him. But as Utah’s money started to run dry, they decided to waive Jerebko. No team wanted to pay the $4.2 million necessary to claim him off waivers, and by the time news broke that he’d been waived, he’d already committed to the Warriors.
Now that he’s officially been introduced by the team, Jerebko broke down just how quickly everything came together.
Jonas Jerebko on the day the Jazz decided to part ways: "My agent called and said the Warriors were interested. After that, it was a wrap." pic.twitter.com/TqQXbqfVvn— Anthony Slater (@anthonyVslater) July 16, 2018
“I was counting on playing for the Jazz next year,” Jerebko explained. “But after they signed Derrick [Favors], coach Quin [Snyder] called and told me that there wasn’t gonna be a lot of room, and I had to get on and move. My agent called me and said that the Warriors were interested, and after that it was a wrap. When the best team in the world calls, you answer.”
Those sentiments will likely endear Jerebko to Warriors fans everywhere, as will his description of what he brings to the table. “I’m gonna do whatever it takes,” Jerebko said when asked how he fits in. “I’m gonna play defense, get rebounds, set screens, get guys open, find the open man, and I’ve been able to knock down an open shot lately too.”
Jonas Jerebko on where he fits in with the Warriors pic.twitter.com/0uAe4YaILZ— Mark Medina (@MarkG_Medina) July 16, 2018
That Jerebko mentioned getting others open, and doing the dirty work is critical. He shot 41.4% from deep last year, so he can certainly be an offensive weapon, but on a team with a whopping four (four!!!) players who averaged 20.0 or more points per game last year, it’s the other elements of Jerebko’s game that matter most.
If he can do what he says - play defense, set screens, and get other players open - he’ll play a crucial role on this team.