Our European expert Bohemian sent me this link earlier today. If you recall, Krstic left the US already once to go back overseas to play ball. Here's the relevant quote:

CSKA Moscow are reportedly interested in signing Boston Celtics’ Serbian centre Nenad Krstic (27 years old, 213 cm). According to Serbian website Sportske.net, the Russian club has offered the player a long-term contract.
Meanwhile, commenting on this information CSKA president Andrey Vatutin has refrained from giving a direct confirmation or denial.
How would you feel if Nenad took his talents back overseas? Remember there's a good chance the lockout will force many players to head elsewhere to earn some money, so being proactive might be a smart move for a player like Nenad.

Source: http://www.sports.ru/en/basketball/100234577.html

JR 5/29/2011 04:08:00 PM Edit
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  1. Bohemian says:

    LOL about the "expert" thing :))

    I think it's wise for a player like Nenad to consider such an offer. For starters, CSKA is one of the most powerful teams in Europe and I'm sure the contract is quite juicy. Also, with a lockout looming he may just sign a contract in July and forget about everything else. Finally, he may miss the European style of play that suits more his skills, that is ball movement and pace.

    I would say there is a fair chance he decides to sign that offer

  2. pinsla says:

    good riddance

  3. Neil Anderson says:

    good he's a bum anyway

  4. Anonymous says:

    Maybe then we can get a decent centre!

  5. Anonymous says:

    there have been many "reports" linking him to several european teams, mostly due to the lockout.

    Another issue arising this summer (besides the financial uncertainty for the players) is the fiba eurobasket competition which many european nba players' national teams will be in. In case of a lockout, those players pro contracts will be suspended, making it necessary for the national teams to insure the players themselves, which many teams are unable or unwilling to do.

  6. Jenda says:

    He's a bum alright. But with him traded, what we have left? JO and 25th pick? Sure, that sounds just dandy!

  7. Anonymous says:

    Well, russians will probably pay better. Also there are less taxes from these high sportsmen salaries. He`ll get more playtime there and if nba lockout comes, it could really be a good move for him atm.

  8. JR says:

    I personally would like to see Nenad return as a 18 mpg back-up. Now if we can just find a solid 30 mpg healthy starting center...

  9. Anonymous says:

    Bye bye no defense Nenad !!!!!

  10. Bohemian says:

    I agree with JR. Nenad is a good team player that can be good off the bench. To the doubters just remember that he had two knee injuries during the season and he played through them. He is not a quitter or a soft player.

    7 ft skilled ballers aren't that common anonymous!

  11. Anonymous says:

    Can they offer Baby a contract?

  12. Bohemian says:

    Just found this link from yesterday in the Serbian press. It seems that he has received offers from many teams including Barcelona, CSKA, Vitoria and Olympiakos...likely some of the wealthiest and best reputated teams in Europe. In the article Krstic states he wants to remain in Boston, alongside his friend and teammate Pavlovic:


  13. JR says:

    Hey Bohemian, can you make a post on this?

  14. Bohemian says:


    It seems he has a new manager/agent, ex player Zoran Savic. Both news may be related as Savic was a successful player in Europe (including stops in PAOK, Barcelona and Madrid) and through his work he may have been in contact with those teams.

    This is all speculation from my part but Nenad may be saying he wants to stay in Boston because he is still technically a Celtic. The fact that he hired a new representative (with much caliber in the European scene) and that he hear from high caliber teams interested in him right away might indicate that he will in fact sign for one of these teams.

  15. JR says:

    Thanks! You should get the credit for the find.

  16. Bohemian says:

    My pleasure :P I am just sorry I had to use google translator...I can't speak Serbian :)

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