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.
Two weeks ago, Doc Rivers said he expected Krstic to re-sign with the Celtics.
“He can play. He can shoot. He’s not going to be a dominant defender. He does things differently then a [Kendrick Perkins]. But he can help your basketball team. I think we’ll get him back and he’ll help us in the future,” Rivers told WEEI.
Even if Krstic signs in Russia, Shaq and Jermaine O’Neal both retire, and Glen Davis leaves via free agency, don’t worry: Danny Ainge has a plan. And, um, it might involve a football player who was recently drafted by the Canadian Football League and hasn’t played basketball since high school. (Leader-Post via ESPN Boston)
It’s believed that [Matt] O’Donnell has not signed because there has been some interest in the Canadian offensive tackle by the NBA’s Boston Celtics. O’Donnell, who is listed at 340 pounds, hasn’t played basketball since high school. O’Donnell and Hardaway could not be reached for comment Monday.
Taman had heard about the possible interest in O’Donnell by the Celtics, but that was the extent of it.
“The crux of the matter is we start rookie camp on Wednesday and (O’Donnell) may be the only draft pick (of five in the 2011 CFL draft by the Riders) we don’t have in camp at that point,” Taman said.
After a quick search for O’Donnell’s basketball past, I have decided his basketball past does not actually exist. At least not one in which he was any good. If there is any description of his basketball talent on the internet, I was unable to unearth it. The closest I got was this: (The Kingston Whig Standard)
“The big kid instantly anchored the Crusaders’ offensive line, a mobile force who sometimes played opposite gridiron grunts weighing a tad more than half his weight. He played senior basketball as well, but the angular athlete’s natural talent shone in the pigskin pastime.”
The New York Jets website Gang Green Nation discussed the possibility of using a late-round draft pick to select O’Donnell. Judging by the description, he’d be more Aaron Gray than Dwight Howard.
“At the East-West Shrine Game, O’Donnell was one of the worst players on the field against major conference prospects. He was consistently beaten to the edge and showed poor technique. … His big frame makes it tough for him to get low enough to play with proper leverage. It also takes a big effort to get him to have a quick burst. Short area speed is very important for a tackle. He looked several steps slow in the Shrine Game.”
And yes, I know: I just spent far too long discussing a possibility that almost certainly won’t happen. If Matt O’Donnell plays a second for the Boston Celtics, I’ll donate $10 million to the “Bring Rasheed Wallace Out of Retirement” fund.