Jul 9, 2011, 11:00 AM EST
Of all the players I would have thought would jump at the chance to go check out European basketball during the lockout, Jonas Jerebko was at the top of the list. Jerebko is from Sweden, and played for multiple Swedish teams and an Italian club before being drafted in the second round of the 2009 draft. He makes second-rounder money. So clearly, Jerebko is looking to go get some extra cash during the lockout, right?
Whoops. From the Detroit Free Press:
Doug Neustadt, who represents Jerebko, said this week that an overseas assignment was not being considered.
“Jonas views himself as an NBA player,” Neustadt said. “We are not looking to go over there.
“If something comes up we will look at it, but we are not actively looking. We are not going over there just to go over.”
This could be part of a bargaining ploy by the Pistons, as Jerebko is a restricted free agent. Pitching him as an NBA player only may be part of the objective in his negotiation plans. It also could have to do with the Achilles injury Jerebko sustained last year that kept him out nearly the entire season. He could probably use as much time as possible to get back to full health.
Still, it’s strange that his team has positioned him in opposition to playing overseas. He’s a natural fit and could use the cash. So Jonas Jerebko is probably not going overseas but Deron Williams is.
This lockout is weird.
- Dwight Howard out vs. Mavericks Saturday, no timetable for his return 1
- If Derrick Rose not ready to return by Monday Bulls may add point guard to roster 8
- Another day, another Bulls injury: Taj Gibson out with sprained ankle 11
- Report: Kevin Durant, Russell Westbrook could return to Thunder lineup next week 11
- Kobe Bryant says he took large enough discount for Lakers to contend 55
- Report: Jeff Taylor won’t appeal 24-game suspension 2
- Timberwolves’ Kevin Martin out indefinitely after scoring 31 points with fractured wrist 8
- Andrei Kirilenko leaves Nets for road trip, Lionel Hollins unsure if he’ll return 14