Pistons officially announce Jonas Jerebko's return

From the team's press release:

"We are pleased to announce the re-signing of Jonas Jerebko," said Dumars. "Jonas has worked extremely hard over the last two years and has shown his commitment to this organization. He is an important part of our young core group of players and we're excited to have him as part of our roster going forward."

Jerebko missed all of the 2010-11 season with a partially ruptured right Achilles tendon suffered in the first preseason game at Miami (10/5). He played in 80 games (73 starts) in 2009-10, averaging 9.3 points (.481 FG, .313 3FG), 6.0 rebounds, 0.7 assists, 0.99 steals and 27.9 minutes. Among NBA rookie leaders, Jerebko ranked 10th in scoring, third in rebounds, eighth in steals and fifth in minutes on his way to earning NBA All-Rookie-Second-Team honors. He was also selected as a member of the Rookie Team as part of the 2010 T-Mobile Rookie Challenge and Youth Jam at NBA All-Star 2010.

Jerebko's return never seemed to be in doubt all summer (and was already leaked yesterday), but it's nice to see that it's official. (It's just too bad it was overshadowed by less encouraging news.) The Pistons don't release contract terms, but the number reported everywhere is four years, $16 million. Jerebko should easily earn every penny if he's the same player he was his rookie year, let alone a more polished version.

The Pistons also signed four players to their training camp roster -- get excited for the Jake Voskuhl era, you guys!

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