Its official, Nenad Krstic is officially a member of the Oklahoma City Thunder. The deadline for the New Jersey Nets to match his offer sheet from the Thunder, passed, last night at midnight. The Nets decided it wasn't in their best interests to match the offer. The Thunder announced it officially today at a press conference, as well as the teams release of Steven Hill, as we reported from inside sources yesterday. But what does this move mean for the Thunder, and what will the impact be? We'll throw out some thoughts inside.
Before you get too excited about this signing, please realize this isn't a season/franchise saving signing, obviously if it was, the Nets would have matched the offer. But what you can get excited about is the potential for Krstic to really open up the floor offensively. His presence inside should be noticeable right away, and as opposing defenses start to pay more attention to Krystic, the door should be left open for the likes of Kevin Durant, Jeff Green, Russell Westbrook, and the rest of the Thunder offense. The impact of opening up the Thunder offense could be tremendous, with hopefully improved shooting percentages, more open looks, and a higher scoring output. Defensively, Krystic, is a solid bigman in the paint, but don't look for him to get voted into any All-Star games based on his defense, not to say he's horrible defensively either.
You can expect to see Krystic in Thunder uniform #12 as early as next week. Sam Presti mention process times for visa's and such.