Thunder's Sam Presti a longtime follower of Krstic

BY MIKE BALDWIN Modified: December 31, 2008 at 10:45 am •  Published: December 31, 2008
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. You just try to collect as much information as you can, compile it, analyze it and interpret it.”

Krstic was going to be one of Presti’s top targets in July. By signing him during the holidays, Krstic is off the market and becomes one of OKC’s cornerstone players alongside Kevin Durant, Jeff Green and Russell Westbrook.

How Krstic, 25, ended up with the Thunder is believed to be a first in NBA annals — signing a restricted free agent overseas during the season.

After playing four years for the Nets, Krstic signed with Triumph Lyubertsy of Russia’s Superleague last summer.

Presti heard Krstic was disenchanted and wanted to return to the NBA. Oklahoma City helped pay a $500,000 buyout for him to leave Russia and made a three-year offer the Nets declined to match.

"Triumph was incredibly easy to work with,” Presti said. "They were great in communication and did a fine job throughout the process. It’s a little unique, adding a player (from overseas) during the season.”


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Probable starters

Thunder (3-29)
Pos. Player Ht. Pts. Reb Ast
G Russell Westbrook 6-3 13.8. 4.1 4.6
G Desmond Mason 6-5 7.7 4.1 1.1
F Kevin Durant 6-9 23.5 5.6 2.1
F Jeff Green 6-9 15.8 6.1 2.1
C Robert Swift 7-0 3.3 5.0 0.1
Warriors (10-23)
G Marco Belinelli 6-5 9.7 1.7 1.9
G Jamal Crawford 6-5 18.9 3.0 5.0
F Stephen Jackson 6-8 19.0 4.5 5.9
F Brandan Wright 6-10 7.8 3.6 0.4
C Andris Biedrins 6-11 14.1 11.9 2.1

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