The two-year deal doesn’t contain any opt-outs, according to the team’s president, so the Celtics are now out of the running for Krstic.
I’m not the biggest Krstic fan (he’s softer than a billionaire’s toilet paper) but it was looking more and more like he might be Boston’s best option at backup center. If Greg Stiemsma signs a $3 million deal with the Minnesota Timberwolves like he reportedly will if they find cap space, he’s a goner. Chris Wilcox was a pleasant surprise last year but he was just recently cleared for contact after season-ending heart surgery. Fab Melo isn’t ready, Jared Sullinger probably can’t play center yet and Boston has no cap space with which to intrigue free agents. The Celtics held Krstic’s Bird rights, which is why they could have offered him more than the veteran’s minimum, but now he’s returning to Russia.
To the garbage heap Danny Ainge goes in hopes of finding a decent backup center? Sadly, he might not have any other choice.