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Report: Krstic signs multi-year deal to play in Russia

Jun 9, 2011, 8:43 AM EDT

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There were reports 10 days ago that Russian power CSKA Moscow were going after the Celtics Nenad Krstic.

Turns out they were true. And he accepted.

Krstic has agreed to a two-year deal to play in Russia, A. Sherrod Blakely reports at CSN New England, via the Serbian web site novosti.rs.

The Serbian center started last season with the Thunder then was traded to the Celtics as part of the Kendrick Perkins deal. He was set to be a free agent July 1 but the Celtics had expressed interest in bringing him back for next season.

This may be the first case of a defection to Europe because of the pending lockout. Krstic would have been one of the free agents in limbo, waiting for a deal to be worked out before he could sign. And he was given a real second option, one of Europe’s best teams.

Krstic signing in Russia and the retirement of Shaquille O’Neal leaves Boston with just one center on the roster in Jermaine O’Neal. Finding another one will be a high priority for Danny Ainge this offseason.

  1. silk32 - Jun 9, 2011 at 8:47 AM

    This is simply another data point that the NBA is “trash”. Dudes would rather play in Russia than play in the NBA. 20 years ago it was the other way around.

  2. jrmcool20 - Jun 9, 2011 at 9:21 AM

    not so ,, the only reason that kristic signed to play in europe is because of the nba lockout thats the ONLY reason , players like kristic that are in limbo during this off season and that dont make alot of money to begin with ,, want a guarentee salary he only signed for 2 years and he is only 27 belive me he will be back in the nba IF after the 2 yr s is up and he can get a better offer from an nba team he would leave russia like a bad habit to come back ok lol,, but no one knows just how long this lockout will be some players wld rather be playing and earnning a check then to just wait and make nothing !!! also kristic at end of 2 yrs over there will still only be 29 hes got plenty of time to be back in the nba with no problem after the lockout and his 2 yr deal is up !!! more power to kristic ,, the Cs mite have signed and traded him anyways so he did right for him self by leaving for now , he will be back !!!

  3. silk32 - Jun 9, 2011 at 10:32 AM

    @jrmcool20 Fair point. But next time let’s talk “offline” before you disagree with me again. I don’t like looking bad in public. I have a “rep” to uphold.

  4. sknut - Jun 9, 2011 at 10:37 AM

    I would imagine that guys would rather only sign for one year but they don’t have a lot of leverage and thus get two years. It will be interesting to see if more players follow suit, I don’t think as many will.

  5. roscoe903 - Jun 9, 2011 at 4:13 PM

    I think that the trade to get him was badly timed, did not get enough minutes, and he probably was concerned about his future and just signed to be sure of a job. I think he could have done very well and at the end of the season he carried the water alot for the team and helped them get in the finals. Danny Ainge made some really dumb trades at a bad time, too close to the playoffs.

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