Nenad Krstic will join the Thunder today after the New Jersey Nets declined to match the three-year offer sheet Oklahoma City signed the 7-foot center to last week.
The Nets had until midnight Monday to retain their restricted free agent. The Thunder has yet to announce the move because of ambiguity in the league’s rules regarding restricted free agents. The Nets have not contacted Thunder officials to inform them of their plans to let Krstic walk. Under league rules, however, New Jersey doesn’t have to. Oklahoma City isn’t likely to make the official announcement until later today, when it is certain that the Nets didn’t overnight notification that they matched the offer, reportedly valued at $15.6 million. Thunder general manager Sam Presti and coach Scott Brooks are declining comment on Krstic until his signing becomes official. But Nets general manager Kiki Vandeweghe all but confirmed to New Jersey media last night that his franchise wouldn’t match the offer, saying, “you’ve got to allocate your assets correctly.” The Nets are attempting to clear salary cap space for the highly awaited free agent class of 2010, which could include LeBron James, Dwyane Wade, Amare Stoudemire, Dirk Nowitzki and Joe Johnson.