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Jonas Jerebko, now completely healthy, spurned offers to play in China or Russia


Vincent Goodwill of The Detroit News on Jonas Jerebko:

"He had some offers, notably from teams in Russia and China.But unlike most established players, he had plenty of overseas experience.“My place is here in the States,” said Jerebko, who played in Sweden and Italy before being drafted. “I’ve been through that phase of my life. If other guys want to do that, that’s cool.”“Hopefully the lockout gets settled in the next month or so, but if not, maybe I’ll entertain playing elsewhere.”"

Why does Jerebko, who previously said he wouldn’t play overseas, seem open to the idea now?

"“I’m fine, I’m 100 percent healthy,” said the Pistons forward, who partially ruptured his Achilles tendon during the first exhibition last season. “Everywhere I go, that’s what people ask me. But I’m fine. I’m just ready for the season to start.”"

That’s good news and a reason the Pistons should want the lockout to end.* Because Jerebko is a free agent, he could sign a deal elsewhere that wouldn’t allow him to return to the NBA when the lockout ends.

*Of course, there are unfortunately many reasons they’d want it to continue.