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Report: Thunder makes offer to former Nets center

FROM STAFF AND WIRE REPORTS Modified: December 19, 2008 at 1:22 pm •  Published: December 19, 2008

Multiple reports say the Thunder is negotiating to sign 7-foot Serbian center Nenad Krstic. The Newark (N.J.) Star-Ledger is reporting that Krstic, whose last played in the NBA with the New Jersey Nets, received a three-year, $15.58 million offer sheet from the Thunder on Friday morning.

Krstic's status as a restricted free agent means the Nets have seven days to match the offer. The Star-Ledger's Dave D'Alessandro reported it was unlikely the Nets would.

Thunder general manager Sam Presti declined comment on the report Friday.

Krstic, a 7-foot center from Serbia, is under contract with the Russian team Triumph Moscow but reportedly will buy himself out of the deal, according to international and NBA sources.

Krstic, 25, spent four NBA seasons with the New Jersey Nets, the last two were injury plagued.

After making the All-Rookie team he averaged 13.5 points and 6.4 rebounds in 80 games in the 2005-06 season. In a first-round playoff series against Indiana, Krstic averaged 18 points and 7.1 rebounds.

He continued that improvement into the 2006-07 season before tearing the anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee in December. He played only 45 games the next season before signing with the Russian team.

The Star-Ledger reported that the contract would pay Krstic $4.78 million the first season, $5.2 million and $5.6 million the following two seasons.

The Thunder owns the NBA's worst record at 2-24, which is tied for the second worst 26-game start in league history.


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