Welcome to the first ever Edition of The Presti Files It will be an ongoing series, reporting on rumors and possible player movement, named of course after the young Thunder General Manager Sam Presti. Our first edition of the Presti Files finds some hope and optimism for Thunder Fans. Former New Jersey Net, Nenad Krstic, has reportedly agreed, in principal, to a 3 year, 15 million dollar offer sheet to join the Oklahoma City Thunder. Of course, as with any restricted free agent, the former team reserves the right to match the offer within seven days. In Krstics case, that team is the New Jersey Nets, and they have been focused on clearing cap space for the Summer of 2010, and its very slim the Nets would choose to match the offer. However, until those seven days are up, it still remains a possibility.
Apparently, the Thunder front office has been keeping their eye on Krstic, not only throughout his season overseas, but during the summer as well. After watching the 7 footer in Russia this season, the team feels like he is returning to the form that had him playing like an All-Star before tearing his ACL in 2006. They also fealt like he was playing well enough to command a big contract next summer, and took the oppertunity to lock him up now before other teams started getting involved.
It will be a pretty big signing for the Thunder if it goes through. Nenad, a 7 footer, is a versatile scorer who can play both power forward, and center. He can add a prescence in the middle that has sorely lacked one, not only this season, but in many past seasons in Seattle. He's also a veteran guy who can open the floor up for the younger guys, Durant, Green, and Westbrook, as opposing defenses will have to focus more attention to the middle than they otherwise would have. If the deal goes through, its definitely a positive step for the Thunder. Cross your fingers.