Jonas Jerebko will spend most of his summer at the Pistons' practice facility in Auburn Hills and will not play for Sweden during European championship qualifiers.
“With me having no time to work on my game – it's been a long season and I went straight from rehab into the season, basically, and had no time to recover on my Achilles' – Arnie said that I need a summer off to just work on my game and get stronger,” Jerebko said. “He's the expert on that stuff. I haven't been able to work my leg in a while. So we just came to a decision that that's the best thing to do.”
The 2013 Eurobasket Qualifiers will be held from mid-August through mid-September.
“I'm very disappointed,” he said. “Of course, I want to represent my country and play. But I'm looking forward to next summer and joining them again, and I wish them all the luck this summer. I'm definitely going to keep a close eye on it.
“I know my teammates, on that team, will understand my decision after coming off an injury like that, so I'm not really worried about it. I'm just looking forward to playing with them next summer and I wish them all the luck.”