While he was far from the most high-profile of the Golden State Warriors departures in the offseason, Ty Jerome was nonetheless a player the franchise had interest in bringing back for 2023-24.
Despite the Warriors extending a qualifying offer to the 26-year-old guard, he instead attracted a greater offer from the Cleveland Cavaliers in signing a two-year, $5 million deal early in free agency.
Former Golden State Warriors guard Ty Jerome led the Cleveland Cavaliers in an impressive performance against Maccabi Ra’anana on Monday.
Golden State quickly pivoted into acquiring veteran point-guard Cory Joseph, though the 32-year-old has been ground down by a back injury over the offseason and into training camp.
In contrast, Jerome received his first start for the Cavaliers in their dominant 120-89 victory over Israel’s Maccabi Ra’anana on Monday. With Darius Garland, Donovan Mitchell and Ricky Rubio all rested, Jerome took advantange of his opportunity with 15 points, four rebounds and six assists in just 21 minutes.
Jerome shot 6-9 from the floor and finished a +28 in Cleveland’s first win of the preseason. It comes after two solid performances off the bench, including nine points, three rebounds and three assists in 17 minutes against the Atlanta Hawks, followed by five points, three rebounds and six assists in 16 minutes against the Indiana Pacers.
Signed to a two-way contract during last preseason, Jerome had an incredibly efficient year for the Warriors in 2022-23. The 6’5″ guard made 45 appearances for Golden State, averaging 6.9 points, 1.7 rebounds and 3.0 assists in 18.1 minutes per game.
Jerome came close to joining the 50/40/90 club, shooting 48.8% from the field, 38.9% from three-point range and 92.7% from free-throw line. His 4.50 assist-to-turnover ratio also ranked sixth among all NBA players to appear in at least 40 games.
With Joseph and 19th overall pick Brandin Podziemski, the Warriors will hardly lose sleep over Jerome’s departure. Regardless, his future will be an interesting storyline to follow after a lone season in the Bay.