Report: Krstic to play in Russia

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Report: Krstic to play in Russia

By A. Sherrod Blakely
CSNNE.com Celtics Insider
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The exodus of centers for the Boston Celtics continues with Nenad Krstic reportedly signing a multi-year deal with a team in Europe.

Krstic, who along with Jeff Green, joined the Celtics after being traded from Oklahoma City in February for Kendrick Perkins and Nate Robinson, has agreed to a two-year deal worth 6 million Euros (that's about 8.76 million dollars in American currency) with CSKA Moskow which is the reigning Russian champions.

The 7-foot center, set to become an unrestricted free agent on July 1, averaged 9.1 points and 5.3 rebounds in 24 games with the Celtics.

When the Celtics season ended, Krstic indicated that he was open to the idea of re-signing with the Celtics.

However, with an expected lockout that would delay the start of the season, it's unlikely that Krstic would have gotten a comparable offer from an NBA team this season.

The Celtics currently have one center -- Jermaine O'Neal -- under contract for the 2011-12 season. They were hopeful that they would have a chance at re-signing Krstic, but were well aware that he would have lucrative offers from teams in Europe.

A. Sherrod Blakely can be reached at sblakely@comcastsportsnet.com. Follow Sherrod on Twitter at http:twitter.comsherrodbcsn

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