Jonas Jerebko

Former Warriors big Jonas Jerebko signs contract with EuroLeague club

Former Warriors big Jonas Jerebko signs contract with EuroLeague club

Jonas Jerebko is heading to Europe.

The former Warriors forward signed a two-year deal with EuroLeague club Khimki Moscow Region on Wednesday

“I'm just excited about this great opportunity to play for one of the best teams in Europe," Jerebko said via the team's press release. "I'm looking forward to playing in the top level in Europe after 10 years in the NBA. Playing against the best teams in the EuroLeague was obviously on my bucket list. I'm super excited about the opportunity of joining my teammates.”

Jerebko also posted about the move on social media.

Jerebko, who hails from Sweden, played last season with the Warriors, where he averaged 6.3 points and 3.9 rebounds across 73 regular-season games (including six starts). But he largely fell out of coach Steve Kerr’s rotation in the playoffs. After averaging 16.7 minutes per game in the regular season, the veteran forward only saw the floor for 7.6 minutes per game in the postseason.

Despite sporadic playing time, Jerebko cemented himself to Warriors fans at the start of the season when he beat the buzzer with a game-winning tip-in in the Dubs’ second game against the Utah Jazz back on Oct. 19.

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But after the Warriors’ offseason of change, Jerebko never was a fit to stay in Golden State as the team is dedicated to getting younger. Expect Alfonzo McKinnie, Omari Spellman and rookie Eric Paschall to soak up Jerebko's minutes for the 2019-20 season.

Jonas Jerebko thanks Warriors fans for first season with Golden State

Jonas Jerebko thanks Warriors fans for first season with Golden State

Jonas Jerebko cherished his first year with the Warriors. 

The Swedish big man thanked all of DubNation on Monday with an Instagram post saying, "Feel like ive been a warrior longer than 1 season." 

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Jerebko signed a one-year contract with the Warriors last July. At the time, he seemed like the perfect stretch-forward off the bench. And at times, he was. But at other times, he was far too inconsistent. 

The 32-year-old played in 73 regular-season games for the Warriors, starting in six contests. He averaged 6.3 points -- his most since the 2012-13 season -- and grabbed 3.9 rebounds per game. 

Jerebko was called upon as a 3-point threat but his shooting percentage from beyond the arc fell from 41.1 last season to 36.7 this season. In the playoffs, he shot just 26.3 percent on 3-point attempts.

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In his thank you to the fans, Jerebko said "Lets see what the future holds!" but this very well could have been his one and only season as a Warrior.

Warriors fighting to go out on top despite uncertainty with free agency

Warriors fighting to go out on top despite uncertainty with free agency

Editor's note: Grant Liffmann (@grantliffmann) is the co-host of Warriors Outsiders, which airs on NBC Sports Bay Area 90 minutes before each home game and 60 minutes after every game. Each week, Grant will drop his Outsider Observation on the state of the Dubs.

The Warriors lost Game 3 of the NBA Finals Wednesday night, which means they trail two-games-to-one in a playoff series, something they have not experienced much since Steve Kerr took over as head coach of the team. The circumstances are quite unique and new to the Warriors, however, as they have not had to deal with mass health issues all at one time during their historic postseason runs.

With Kevin Durant, Klay Thompson and Kevon Looney missing the game Wednesday night, the Warriors struggled to combat an aggressive and efficient Toronto Raptors team. With potentially four games remaining in the entire season, getting Durant and Thompson back on the court will be imperative for the team's success. 

But looking forward past the Finals, the Warriors must be wary of how their team is performing right now without their top three unrestricted free agents. Normally one might say that the Warriors are getting a preview of how the team might look without them, but the fact of the matter is that most of the healthy players' place on next season's roster is filled with uncertainty. 

The list of Warriors players that are unrestricted or restricted free agents next season includes Durant, Thompson, Looney, DeMarcus Cousins, Jordan Bell, Quinn Cook, Jonas Jerebko, and Andrew Bogut. The team has an option to retain Alfonzo McKinnie, and also an option to opt-out of Shaun Livingston's contract. In fact, the only Warriors that have their spot on the team solidified next season are Steph Curry, Draymond Green, Andre Iguodala, Damian Jones and Jacob Evans III.

In the Warriors' dream world, they are able to re-sign Durant, Thompson and Looney and then start constructing their bench with a combination of current teammates and available free agents that fill important needs like athletic wings and outside shooters. 

But with so much future uncertainty, the Warriors' depth is not only fighting for a title, but also for future contracts. Cook played a playoff career-high 27 minutes Wednesday night, and has become an integral piece to create spacing on the floor without two of their top scorers. Bell has had flashes of brilliance, but also some defensive miscues. Jerebko has come off the bench playing an always-ready-to-shoot, aggressive style of basketball. While the productivity for him has not always been there, it would be surprising if there isn't a team out there that admires his energy off the bench.

Bogut will return to Sydney after the season, but his play since rejoining the Warriors has led many to believe this same role and situation could present itself at the end of next season too. Finally, Cousins has overcome another major injury to prove his resiliency and impressive work ethic. While he can take a more modest contract, for his standards, with the Warriors next season, it is much more likely that Cousins receives a big money offer for a one-year "prove-it" type deal from another team.

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On the ABC telecast Wednesday night, color-analyst Jeff Van Gundy commented that he believed the Warriors without Durant, Thompson or Looney would not have made the playoffs if they were to play with the current healthy roster for an entire regular season. Not only would the available Warriors disagree with that statement, they believe they are good enough to win an NBA title. There are potentially four games remaining in the NBA Finals, and the Warriors have some fighting to do if they are to get the three-peat. A majority of the roster does not know where they will be playing next season, but they are not letting that distract them from the task at hand.