Hoops Market, which follows European basketball, says that Viktor Khryapa, the Euroleague's Defensive Player of the Year and Russian League MVP, may be "on the Nets radar".
Khryapa, a 6'9" power forward, told a Russian sports site Monday that he has feelers from NBA teams, but didn't identify them. He has previously been linked to the Nets and Lakers.
Khryapa was drafted by the Nets in 2004 then immediately sold to the Blazers. He played parts of four years in the NBA before returning to CSKA Moscow, then owned by Mikhail Prokhorov. Since then, he's been part of three Russian League titles, a Euroleague title and a FIBA Eurobasket championship. He led the Euroleague in steals and defensive rebounds.
Meanwhile, CSKA president Andrei Vatutin would neither confirm nor deny reports that he is leaving the club for a job with the Nets, presumably assistant general manager.
- Viktor Khryapa considering offers from the NBA - The Hoops Market
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