The Utah Jazz have signed free agent power forward Jonas Jerebko to a two-year deal
SALT LAKE CITY—The Utah Jazz have signed free agent power forward Jonas Jerebko to a two-year deal, according to multiple reports. The deal is worth $8.2 million.
Jerebko, 30, is a native of Sweden and most recently played his eighth NBA season for the Boston Celtics, where he averaged 3.8 points per game on 43.8% shooting, picking up 3.5 rebounds in just over 15 minutes per game.
Jerebko hasn’t lit up the box score on either end of the floor, but returns a “stretch-4” element to the Jazz’ offense attack that departed with Trey Lyles’ trade on Draft night. In the 2016-17 season, Jerebko went from behind the three-point line in 49.6% of his shots, making 34.6%. He will be a backup for Derrick Favors, filling some of a vacancy in the Jazz’ front court.
The signing likely signals the end of Boris Diaw’s tenure with the Jazz. Diaw’s contract becomes guaranteed if he is still on the roster by Saturday, July 15th. If the Jazz decide to part ways with the 35-year-old, they could either opt to waive him, or theoretically could keep his salary and shop his services on the trade market.
He was originally drafted by the Detroit Pistons with the 39th pick in the 2009 NBA Draft.
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