Krstic returning to CSKA Moscow

July, 10, 2012
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For those dreaming of reuniting the entire Kendrick Perkins trade package, that's been dashed as Nenad Krstic will return to CSKA Moscow next season (and beyond). An overseas report earlier this month indicated that Krstic might be departing the Russian squad (where he bolted during the lockout), which could have opened some doors for an NBA return. That won't be happening any time soon.

The Celtics still hold Krstic's Bird rights, which would allow them to go over the salary cap to sign him if he returned to the NBA. Trouble is he's also got a hefty $8.3 million cap hold on the Celtics' finances, which isn't a big deal at the moment because Boston isn't looking to sink below the salary cap any time soon. If they do desire to do that in a future season, they can simply renounce his rights at that time.

Krstic spent the end of the 2010-11 season with the Celtics after being acquired with Jeff Green and a first-round pick (Fab Melo) in a deal that sent Perkins and Nate Robinson to Oklahoma City.

Chris Forsberg

Celtics reporter, ESPNBoston.com

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