The Celtics guaranteed Jerebko's $5 million contract for the 2016-17 season prior to Thursday's deadline, Henry McKenna of The Boston Globe reports. After inking a two-year deal with the Celtics last summer, Jerebko proved to be a capable role player during the regular season, averaging 4.4 points and 3.7 rebounds across 15.1 minutes per game in his 78 appearances. The 29-year-old's ability to stretch the floor makes him a useful reserve option at power forward, but Jerebko doesn't project to see much growth in his role in 2016-17, especially after the Celtics beefed up their frontcourt by reeling in free agent big man Al Horford on a max contract.
Jerebko was the lone bright spot early for the struggling Celtics during their series-ending Game 6 loss to Atlanta. But he faded in the second half, ending with 13 points (5-9 FG, 2-5 3Pt, 1-1 FT), two blocks and one rebound. Jerebko was the first Celtic to hit double-digits in points, but faded as the Hawks dominated Boston in the third quarter. The Swedish Bird started the last five games of the playoff series, after not starting a game during the regular season. Still, expect him to return to a reserve role next season. He has one more year remaining on his Celtics' contract.
Jerebko, after not starting the entire regular season, received his third straight start in Boston's Game 5 blowout loss in Atlanta, posting six points (2-4 FG, 0-2 3Pt, 2-2 FT), eight rebounds and two steals from 24 minutes of play. Jerebko led the C's in rebounds, but did not provide the same spark he generated during the Game 3 and 4 Boston wins. In fact, his four shots were his fewest attempts during the series. The Swedish Bird will try to bounce back Thursday for the crucial Game 6 in Boston. Expect Jerebko to again start and receive significant minutes.
Jerebko totaled 16 points (6-9 FG, 3-6 3Pt, 1-2 FT), 10 rebounds, and one assist in 31 minutes during the Celtics' 104-95 overtime win against the Hawks on Sunday. Jerebko was excellent once again on Sunday as Boston evened the series with Atlanta at 2-2. Celtics' coach Brad Stevens' decision to switch Jerebko into the starting lineup has helped change the entire outlook of round one, as the defense is quicker while the offense features better spacing. Former starter Jared Sullinger played 28 minutes combined during Boston's last two home games, and Jerebko seems to have a firm lock on the starting spot going forward in this series.
Jerebko finished with 11 points (5-12 FG, 1-4 3Pt), 12 rebounds, four assists, and one block in 37 minutes during the Celtics' 111-103 win over the Hawks on Friday. Jerebko had more shot attempts than points, but he posted a team-high plus/minus of +14 in his first start of the series. Jerebko seems likely to stick in the starting lineup at power forward given that he is capable of shooting the three and defending decently. Meanwhile, former starter Jared Sullinger played only 11 minutes behind Amir Johnson, as Sullinger had been eaten alive by the Hawks' Al Horford for the first two contests.
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