Nets pick up options on F-C Krstic, G-F Wright

EAST RUTHERFORD, New Jersey (Ticker) - The New Jersey Nets kept a pair of players in the fold at bargain prices, exercising their 2007-08 options on forward-center Nenad Krstic and swingman Antoine Wright.

The Nets picked up their fourth-year option worth slightly less than $1.89 million on Krstic, a 7-footer from Serbia who has averaged 11.8 points and 5.9 rebounds while shooting 50.2 percent in 155 games over his first two seasons.

A 2005 All-Rookie Second Team selection, Krstic finished third in voting for Most Improved Player last season after averaging 13.5 points and 6.4 rebounds in 80 games.

“Nenad is an integral part of the Nets’ success,” team president Rod Thorn said. “We look forward to his continued improvement in the years to come.”

The Nets’ exercised their third-year option on Wright, which is worth slightly more than $1.68 million. The 15th overall pick in the 2005 draft, the Texas A&M product averaged just 1.8 points in 39 games as a rookie last season but is averaging 13.7 points and 3.1 rebounds in the preseason.

“Antoine worked extremely hard on his game during the offseason,” Thorn said. “His improved performance during the preseason warrants this extension.”

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Updated Friday, Oct 27, 2006