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Will Nets center Nenad Krstic join Maccabi Tel Aviv?


Translated by Doron Tamari

Serbian reports on such sites as have stated that the 25-year old (2.13meters tall) is interested in returning to Europe after 4 successful years in the NBA, and Maccabi may be his landing spot.

Krstic started his career with the Nets in 2004-2005 and after 2 successful seasons he extended his contract with the team. However, during the next 2 seasons he suffered from injuries that limited his growth and playing time.

Maccabi is still looking for players to strengthen their squad for next season, and only said this: "Nenad Krstic is part of a long list of players we are looking at."

Last season Krstic finished with 6.6 points per game and 4.4 rebounds. In his first season he averaged 10 points and 5.3 rebounds while being picked for the All-Rookie 2nd Team. Against Miami in the playoffs he averaged 18.3 points and 7.5 rebounds.

Krstic went to the Nets after playing for Partizan Belgrade. His play there earned him the 24th pick in the draft.

After Terrence Morris (CSKA) and Nicola Vujcic (Olympiacos) left Maccabi this off-season, the yellow and blue are looking to add a center or power forward, especially considering Marcus Fizer’s injury from last season.

Krstic is a starter for the Serbian national team and his arrival at Maccabi would help the team return to the top of European basketball in terms of summer signings. Until now they have signed Yaniv Green, Trey Simmons, Dror Hagag, and Jayson Williams.