If Nenad Krstic signs with the Russian power CSKA Moscow as expected (some reports say he already has signed), the deal might not rule out a Krstic return to Boston.
As Chris Forsberg reports, Krstic has put his NBA career on hold to play in Russia before. In 2008, Krstic signed with Triumph Lyubertsy; his deal included an NBA opt-out in case he wanted to return to the United States. On December 31, 2008, just a few months after signing with the Russian team, Krstic utilized his opt-out and signed with the Oklahoma City Thunder.
Forsberg hypothesizes that Krstic may take a similar course of action this offseason. If Krstic’s overseas contract includes an opt-out, he can sign with the Celtics (or any other NBA team) whenever he chooses to. Since the NBA could be nearing a lockout (the latest Collective Bargaining talks don’t sound promising), Krstic could potentially play in Russia during the lockout, then return to the NBA once the regular season resumes. Or, you know, he could want to leave the NBA for good after playing a minimal (and sometimes less) role on the Celtics’ bench this postseason. Who knows.
Without Krstic, look forward to Troy Murphy re-signing and playing serious minutes.
P.S. — I think I’m kidding about Murphy. I hope I’m kidding about Murphy. Please God, or Red Auerbach, or whatever power watches over my Celtics, let me be kidding about Murphy.
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