Jonas Jerebko chose winning over money and now the Warriors stand to benefit

Newest Dub: ‘When the best team in the world calls, you answer’

Karl Buscheck
July 16, 2018 - 4:07 pm

Back on July 7, Quin Snyder, the head coach of the Utah Jazz, called Jonas Jerebko to inform him that the club was waving him rather than guaranteeing his $4.2 million salary for the season to come.

For the Swedish stretch four, the bad news swiftly transformed into a stroke of luck. The reigning champs were on the line.

“My agent called me and said that the Warriors were interested and after that it was a wrap,” Jerebko said on Monday during his introductory press conference at the Rakuten Performance Center in downtown Oakland.

“When the best team in the world calls, you answer.”

From a basketball perspective, joining Golden State Was a slam dunk. From a financial perspective, not so much.

Jerebko inked for the veteran’s minimum, $2.1 million. It’s good money — great money. It’s also half as much as he was supposed to bank with the Jazz.

The 6-foot-10 forward could have waited around to find a situation where more money — and minutes — were available.

“I played in this league for 10 years. I’ve done my part,” Jerebko explained. “My main goal, my lifelong dream is to get a ring and win an NBA championship. Money is secondary to all that. I don’t really care.”

Now it’s the Warriors who stand to benefit.

Jerebko comes in to play the part of Omri Casspi  — or at least the role that Casspi was supposed to play. After splashing 41 percent of his 3-point attempts last season (admittedly he only average 2.1 attempts per game), Jerebko knows exactly what the Warriors want.

Head coach Steve Kerr made it abundantly apparent during the recruitment process: shoot the 3.

“I’m not going to say everything Steve talked about, but he obviously brought it up,” Jerebko said. “Like I told him, I’m not going to pass up open shots. I’m going to shoot the ball with confidence and I’m go out there and hustle and grab rebounds and (do) whatever he wants me to do.”

For the newest Warrior, vacation is over. He’s heading to Michigan, his offseason workout HQ, then he’ll be back early for camp in September.

“Like I said, it’s a great position for me to be in an I’m honored that they wanted me and I’m happy to be here.”

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