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Nets' Love of Lopez Gave Thunder Confidence on Krstic

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When Thunder GM Sam Presti began pursuing Nenad Krstic, he knew he faced two challenges: getting his owners to fork over $500,000 to Krstic's Russian team and playing poker with Rod Thorn. He didn't want Thorn to match OKC's $15.8 million offer. The first turned out to be easy and Presti correctly figured that the Nets were so enamored with 20-year-old Brook Lopez they would pass on 25-year-old Krstic.