The Eurocup winner, Turkish Galatasaray negotiates with an experienced center Nenad Krstic, after they decided not to renew the contract of Stephane Lasme, who recently failed the doping test. Krstic thus after the Anadolu Efes could continue his career in Turkey, and Galatasaray represents a great opportunity to demonstrate how prepared he is after a serious knee injury.
The former captain of the national team of Serbia arrived in Anadolu Efes from the team of CSKA in 2014 as a big wish of the then coach Dusan Ivkovic, however, after less than a year he has been affected by a major misfortune in the finals of the Turkish playoffs, when for the second time in his career injured the anterior cruciate ligament, because of which was on hiatus for nearly the entire season. Nenad Krstic was supposed to return on the court in May, but as Anadolu Efes did not won the placement in the Euroleague playoffs, and in the Turkish championship there is a the limit of foreign players, the club management has decided to terminate the contract with 32-year-old center.
During the previous period was speculated that one of the most elite European centers could end a brilliant career after another serious knee injury, but the 2.13 m tall player was determined to return to basketball. Additionally, Krstic was followed by the reputation as a player who often reacts in panic when the injuries are in question, and for that reason there was a doubt that he might get an offer of some big European club.
Nenad Krstic is a completely different player profile compared to the previous center of Galatasaray, Stephane Lasme. He is very long and a potent offensive player, and besides around the rim and is also distinguished by a solid mid-range shot. The biggest deficiency in his game is a lack of toughness in defense and in duels, when avoids contact with an opponent, which is exactly the result of previous knee injury, which has dramatically affected his game and cost his remaining in the NBA, where he performed with great success before severe injury impaired his further career.
If the agreement between the club and the players realizes, Galatasaray which after one season returns to the Euroleague will get one of the best offensive centers in Europe, which in recent years are very few on the Old Continent. On the other hand, this will be a big test for Nenad Krstic, on which is to prove that he is still among the best players in Europe at his position.