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The Nenad Krstic era in Boston will be short lived, because the center has signed a deal to leave the NBA and go play in Russia for CSKA Moscow. Krstic was set to be a free agent in the offseason and despite the Celtics expressing interest in resigning him, the Serbian big man has opted not to return.
Krstic played 24 games in green and started 20 of them after he was traded to Boston alongside Jeff Green in the heavily criticized deal that sent Kendrick Perkins and Nate Robinson to Oklahoma City. He averaged 9.1 points per game and 5.3 rebounds in those 24 games, but was virtually nonexistent in the postseason.
Krstic’s exit now widens the hole in the Celtics roster at the center position, a position that was considered a strength entering last season. Center Shaquille O’Neal also has left the roster after he announced his retirement and now the Celtics have only one center (Jermaine O’Neal) under contract for next season.
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