Jonas Jerebko’s time with the Golden State Warriors was short; he played all 73 matches with the club during the 2018-19 campaign. Still, he was a key part of the final Bay Area team to make it to the Finals.
The big man was a fixture on Steve Kerr’s bench that season, scoring 6.3 points and 3.9 rebounds in 16.7 minutes per game. Meanwhile, he connects on 37% of his triples shots while shooting more than half of his shots from behind the arc for a 4/5 fallback.
That lonely year with the Warriors was also Jerebko’s final year with NBA basketball. After the team lost the title fight to the Raptors, he opted to move across the pond, signing with Khimki in Russia.
Now, the 35-year-old has found a new basketball home with one of the oldest clubs in European basketball.
Jerebko joins CSKA
Per an announcements from the group on Wednesday, Jerebko put pen to paper on the remainder of the season’s contract with CSKA Moscow.
In doing so, he reunited with head coach Dimitris Itoudis, who was once invited by Joe Dumars to participate in the summer league and training camp with the Detroit Pistons during the baller’s rookie season. At the time, Itoudis was working as an assistant to Zeljko Obradovic – with whom he went to Motor City – along with Panathinaikos.
The move will also see him reunite with Alexey Shved, his former teammate Khimki.
Although Jerebko played relatively well in his previous lineup – averaging 10.8 points and 5.1 rebounds per game while shooting 49.8% from the floor and 40.5% from the deep in two season – the club decided to part with him in January 2021.
As a result, he will likely have some work to do before he can make a meaningful contribution to CSKA.
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Jerebko’s move is controversial
CSKA’s status as a hoops powerhouse is truly indisputable. The brand has won eight EuroLeague championships in addition to the annual VTB championship since 2008, save for the 2010-11 campaign. Despite that, not everyone is celebrating Jerebko’s decision to sign.
In the face of Russian military aggression in Ukraine, EuroLeague suspended the Russian teams for the season. Meanwhile, rugby players of various nationalities have vacated their list with Russian clubs.
But Jerebko still decided to return home. It is a move that has drawn criticism in his home country Sweden, where Russia’s war is being denounced.
For his part, Fredrik Joulamo – General Secretary of the Swedish Basketball Federation – expressed shock at this move.
“Clearly the timing of this decision was surprising, to say the least. I need to talk to Jonas and listen to his thoughts,” Joulamo told Swedish Aftonbladet (translated by Eurohoops).
“Our position is very clear. We organized a fundraiser, condemned the Russian invasion and supported FIBA’s decision. But we are not involved in the contracts of our players. We will have to speak with Jonas to see what this means for him and us going forward.”
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