Karasev signed a contract Friday with B.C. Zenit Saint Petersburg of the Russian VTB United League, international basketball writer David Pick reports. All of Karasev's comments heading into the offseason suggested he had ruled out a return to the Nets and was disenchanted with the idea of sticking around in the NBA in any capacity, so it doesn't come as much of a surprise that he'll return to his native Russia. In signing with Zenit, Karasev will have the opportunity to play under his father, Vasily, a former point guard for the Russian national team who is regarded as a basketball icon in the country. Karasev is just 22 years old, and while a return to North America can't be ruled out at some point down the road for a player that young, his familial ties to Zenit might make it more difficult than normal for an NBA team to lure him back over.
Karasev's father, Vasily, recently said in an interview with Russian media that Sergey won't play for the Nets next season, Sportando reports. "Sergey is fine; he's already working for the next season," Vasily said. "It's too early to say where he'll play next season. We will consider all the options, both from NBA and Europe. One thing is for sure, Sergey won't play for the Nets next season." The Nets can technically match any offer Karasev, a restricted free agent, receives, but it doesn't seem either side is interested in a reunion. The former first-round pick played only 73 games in his two seasons with the Nets, and saw his court time decline in 2015-16, despite the team being well removed from playoff contention by midseason. With the 22-year-old failing to show much ability from distance during his first three seasons in the league, it's doubtful many teams will be interested in bringing him aboard on a multi-year contract. If that's the case, Karasev may opt to return to Russia to continue his career.
Karasev (personal) will not play in Wednesday's season finale, Mike Mazzeo of ESPN.com reports. Karasev will sit out for the second straight game while attending to a personal matter, and the Nets will roll with the same nine players they used the last couple games.
Karasev will sit out Monday's game against the Wizards for personal reasons, Mike Mazzeo of ESPN reports. Karasev has seen sporadic minutes over the past couple of weeks, so his absence Monday doesn't necessarily open up additional playing time for any of his teammates in particular. His next opportunity to play will be in the regular season finale against the Raptors on Wednesday.
Karasev scored 17 points (5-7 FG, 1-3 3Pt, 6-7 FT) while adding seven rebounds, four assists and two steals in 26 minutes during Saturday's win over the Pacers. The points and boards were both career highs for Karasev, who likely earned himself at least one more start with his performance Saturday. If he can continue forming an effective wing partnership with Bojan Bogdanovic, Karasev could produce some surprising numbers over the final weeks of the season.
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