Jerebko has been the odd man out of the Pistons’ frontcourt rotation with Charlie Villanueva playing well. He saw just six minutes of action during a span of more than two months before the Tayshaun Prince trade created a spot for him. Jerebko is still playing out of position at small forward — Detroit has been more effective with him at power forward throughout his career — and behind rookie Kyle Singler on the depth chart.
A team in need of a face-up 4 (like, say, the Los Angeles Lakers) ought to inquire about whether Jerebko could be had for expiring contracts and future draft picks. Jerebko is 25 and has a solid track record as a rotation player, and his poor shooting thus far looks like little more than a fluke.
I wouldn’t hate if the Pistons traded Jerebko – his $4.5 million per year contract makes it difficult for his production to exceed his salary – but I wouldn’t rush to trade him, either.
Jerebko can be a better small forward, where he can use his athleticism to make a difference rather than merely holding his own at power forward. Per 82Games, Jerebko has a better PER difference at small forward than power forward this year and last, but he’s played more power forward than small forward.
There’s no doubt Jerebko has played poorly this season, and I’m OK with Lawrence Frank cutting his minutes. But Jerebko has been very productive in past seasons, and that shouldn’t be totally forgotten. The Pistons would probably be better off continuing to play Jerebko at small forward than trading him now that has value is at its lowest.