The main beneficiary of Krstic’s offensive skills should be Westbrook, the rookie point guard who has proven to be the Thunder’s best penetrator. With Krstic stretching the defense, Westbrook would face much less resistance at the rim on drives and should see a spike in his 38 percent field goal shooting. Krstic also gives the Thunder another battle-tested veteran, one who made the playoffs in three of his four years in New Jersey and advanced to the second round twice. Once Krstic learns the Thunder’s playbook and readjusts to NBA game speed after playing in Europe this season, the Thunder’s rotation will immediately become much more dangerous and versatile with a reliable true center. If the Thunder does sign Krstic, expect him to step in as the starting center before the All-Star break in mid-February and snatch up leftover minutes generally reserved for injury-prone center Robert Swift and the inconsistent Johan Petro. With Green now starting at power forward, Brooks would then have a tough choice to make between veterans Chris Wilcox, Nick Collison and Joe Smith for reserve minutes. But that’s one of those good problems to have.
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→Tuesday: at Atlanta, 6 p.m., FSOK (Cox 37) →Friday: at Detroit, 7 p.m., FSOK (Cox 37) →Saturday: at Washington, 6 p.m., FSOK (Cox 37)