Steve Kerr has been impressed with Jonas Jerebko since he watched Jerebko’s pre-draft workouts as the Suns’ GM back in 2009. When Jerebko became available last summer, Kerr knew the forward would fit in alongside Golden State’s core, as Mark Medina of the Bay Area News Group.
“[Kerr] told me, ‘We want to you come here. We need your abilities,’” Jerebko said of his summer conversation with Golden State’s coach. Kerr told him that he was a fan of the big man’s game and wanted him to come the Warriors.
After the conversation, Jerebko told his agent not to take calls from other teams and he ended up signing a one-year, $2.1MM deal with the two-time reigning champs.
Here’s more from Golden State:
- Kerr explained to Medina (same piece) that he doesn’t try to sell players on joining the team. “I’m always honest with players that we are recruiting. I don’t want to mislead anybody,” Kerr said. In the case of Jerebko, Kerr told him that he would play “quite a bit” but cautioned that there would also be games where he would not see the court.
- There have been several pleas within the Warriors for the team to “play the right way,” sources tell Monte Poole of NBC Sports. Poole adds that shot selection was a major topic prior to the team’s loss to the Raptors.
- The Warriors must use Kevin Durant optimally if they want to re-sign him, Poole opines in the same piece. While Durant is committed to playing the “right way,” as in within the offense, Poole believes the team must make sure Durant doesn’t feel underutilized as he approaches free agency.