Remember that report a week or two back about the strong interest Nenad Krstic was getting from teams across the pond? Turns out it was just as big of a concern as we all thought it might be, as Krstic appears poised to sign a two-year deal with CSKA Moscow according to a report from Interbasket.net
The Serbia national team centre agreed to a two-year deal worth six million euros with the reigning Russian champions. Despite being targeted by other European giants, such as Olympiacos and Barcelona, the 27-year-old opted for the Reds given the amount of money involved
Now that dollar amount is worth roughly 8.75 million dollars here in the USA, if the report is indeed true of this signing. A fair contract to be sure, and a number I would have expected the C’s to be willing to offer to the young big man. It’s clear though, there may be a number of other complicating factors here, i.e. the lockout and new CBA, a desire to return closer to home for Krstic, etc.
The bad news is anyway you slice it, this is a pretty tough initial blow for the C’s in free agency if the report holds true. As we’ve covered here at CelticsHub, Danny Ainge has very limited resources this offseason to fill a number of holes, and Krstic was one guy that the C’s had Bird Rights on, making his signing a seemingly likely proposition. For now though, it might be time to start looking through the free agent (and draft) market for some potential solutions. And just like it was when we looked two weeks ago, the pickings are still pretty slim.
Yao Ming (doubtful)
Spencer Hawes (restricted)
DeAndre Jordan (restricted)
Ryan Hollins (player option)
Miami’s aging ineffective center trio
Much more on this story as it develops…..