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Young
07-03-2008, 11:21 AM
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By Dave D'Alessandro
Star-Ledger Staff


Nets, Krstic appear to be parting ways
Thursday, July 03, 2008
BY DAVE D'ALESSANDRO
Star-Ledger Staff
Sometime over the past few weeks, Nenad Krstic arrived at the same conclusion that everyone else had reached: The best thing for his career just might be a change of address.

That's not to suggest the Nets don't believe the four-year veteran cannot recover what he once had, before shattering his knee in December 2006. They genuinely believe he can, even if other teams are more skeptical and are bidding accordingly for the restricted free agent.

But Krstic also knows the recent changes to the Nets' frontcourt make him a spare part, which is why agent Marc Cornstein said yesterday that the sign-and-trade option is now being openly discussed with the Nets, who don't want to give Krstic more than a two-year contract.

"We've talked about all the possible options out there," Cornstein said. "Because of his situation -- coming off the injury, his age (he turns 25 in three weeks) -- the important thing is to go into a situation where he is wanted, and where he is able to flourish. So he'd be open to anything, if it's going to be best for his career."

It is difficult to fathom parting with a multitalented 7-footer, who will come gift-wrapped with a short-term, reasonably priced contract, but the Nets apparently are ready to move on. They just want something for Krstic in return, even if they can't admit that yet.

"Let's just say we're hopeful we can retain them," GM Kiki Vandeweghe said of Krstic and Boki Nachbar, who is also represented by Cornstein. "I've been in contact with (Cornstein) three or four times at this point. I don't know how long this will take. Certainly any team's first priority is to look at their own free agents, and explore the (feasibility) of keeping them."

"We're having productive talks," Cornstein said. "But this will take time."

As for Nachbar, who is unrestricted, it is less complicated because the market will emerge more quickly: Either the Nets will be outbid or they won't. Cornstein isn't ready to share what kind of offers he has received for the forward, nor will he divulge whether the Nets are also trying to talk him down to a short-term contract.

"We're not even up to that stage. The market has to play itself out," Cornstein said. "We haven't locked in on years or numbers yet. But off his last few years, he's going to be in a very nice position. We're talking to the Nets and getting other calls."

The Nets signed their first-round draft picks yesterday. Brook Lopez, as per the rookie salary scale, will make $2.1 million and $2.25 million for his first two years, with the team holding options ($2.4M and $3.0M) for the next two seasons; and Ryan Anderson will make $1.2 million and $1.3 million for his first two years, with team options ($1.4M and $2.2M) for 2010-11 and 2011-12.

Second-round draft pick Chris Douglas-Roberts has yet to sign, but is likely to receive the league-minimum guarantee -- starting at $442,000, then nearly doubling -- for his first two seasons.

DeSagana Diop, who passed through New Jersey for 27 games last season, reportedly agreed yesterday to return to the Mavericks, who are giving him their entire midlevel exception -- an extraordinary sum (roughly $32 million over five years) for a backup center with a career 2.1 scoring average.



Dave D'Alessandro may be reached

at ddalessandro@starledger.com.



I think that we can get Krstic in here and he could do very well for us.

He is the best big man we will have a chance to add this summer.

I don't know how he is recovering from the injury. That would need checked out but I would maybe offer him a 3-4 year deal depending on how much money.

Would the Nets take Marquis Daniels? IDK. If so then i'd gladly take a chance on Krstic.

We could have a starting lineup of Ford/Dunleavy/Granger/Krstic/Murphy or Foster.

We would not be good defensively but I think we could get the job done. We would have plenty of offense to go around. For the short term at least I think Krstic would be a great addition.

Unclebuck
07-03-2008, 11:26 AM
I liked him a lot before the injury (was it an ACL), but last season he didn't look like the same player. Now maybe it takes big guys a little longer to recover.

Overall, I wouldn't be opposed to acquiring him if the price was right, but not too excited about it though

rexnom
07-03-2008, 11:30 AM
Ehhhhh. Is Rasho that much worse?

travmil
07-03-2008, 11:40 AM
After JO's knee problems, no thanks. I hope he recovers to what he once was. I just hope he does it on another team.

Phildog
07-03-2008, 11:47 AM
Do you guys remember him ripping us up in the playoffs? He looked to be such a budding star and then the injury bug hit. I wouldn't want to take a long term gamble on the guy, but if the 2 year contract stood for at least one year to see what the flop is, I'd take him off the Nets hands.

count55
07-03-2008, 12:07 PM
It normally takes two years for a player to fully recover from major knee surgery, but Krstic was abysmal last year. It would be one thing if he were on a return arc similar to what we saw with Edgerrin James in football or Brandon Rush, but he's nowhere close to that.

I'd be very nervous about giving him any kind of deal longer than three years that didn't have either Team Options or unguaranteed money for a significant portion of it.

My opening offer would be an S&T for Daniels...3 yrs starting at the MLE (just as a $ amount, we wouldn't actually use our MLE), but only the first year guaranteed. I'm not sure if it's legal, but I'd be OK with putting incentives in that automatically guarantee the remaining years based on games played and certain productivity levels (say 70+ games, 13 pts, 6 rebounds, or something to that effect). That may not get him, but that's about all the risk I'm willing to take.

duke dynamite
07-03-2008, 12:13 PM
I'm sure he'd be a welcome addition to the team if he were healthy. That last playoff series against us he really lit us up.

I agree with most if possible to only give him a small contract.

Shade
07-03-2008, 12:30 PM
I'd pass. I'm not sure he's much better than Rasho at this point, and we have a bigger hole to plug at the 4.

eldubious
07-03-2008, 02:18 PM
To add Kristic to Murphy, Rasho, Foster, and Hibbert would be insane. The Pacers need another young atheletic PF in the mold of JO. Charlie Villanueva would make alot more sense.

LoneGranger33
07-03-2008, 03:27 PM
Aren't we looking for a defensive-oriented, rebounding big man at the 4?

317Kim
07-03-2008, 03:29 PM
Aren't we looking for a defensive-oriented, rebounding big man at the 4?

That's what I'm sayin'. The only thing that I find beneficial about Kristic is his long range shooting.

TheRifleman51
07-03-2008, 03:41 PM
That's what I'm sayin'. The only thing that I find beneficial about Kristic is his long range shooting.

I agree that he is a good shooter but as you have seem he dose have a good offensive game, but his 1 on 1 D is horrible and he not very durable.

Hicks
07-03-2008, 04:27 PM
We already have a defense-oriented, rebounding 4..... Jeff Foster.

Anthem
07-03-2008, 05:15 PM
Pass. What's he give us that Murphy doesn't?

Man, there's a sentence I never thought I'd type.

Justin Tyme
07-03-2008, 05:51 PM
Pass. What's he give us that Murphy doesn't?

Man, there's a sentence I never thought I'd type.


Smaller yearly salary with a more tradeable contract!;)