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Posted by Ed Ryan January 8, 2009 05:54 AM

Some tips to help you round out your rosters:

>> Put in a claim for Nenad Krstic. The former Nets center was averaging 16.4 points and 6.8 rebounds per game (and shooting 53 percent) before blowing out his anterior cruciate ligament in December 2006. After returning to the Nets last season, he struggled, and last summer he signed to play in Russia during the 2008-09 season.

After averaging 10 points and five boards in Russia’s Superleague A, Krstic — whose rights the Nets still held — signed an offer sheet last week with Oklahoma City, which arranged a buyout with Krstic’s Russian club. The Nets didn’t match, and most predict Krstic will be the Thunder’s starting center by early February. (He has to beat out Robert Swift and Nick Collison, so my money’s on Krstic.)

Considering his ability to score, shoot, and rebound, Krstic may be a bargain and should be added if you want to provide your squad with depth heading into the postseason.

>> If you’re like me, you’ve stashed Gilbert Arenas (below) on your roster all season, and you need help at just about every position. Now is the time to sell high and trade him, before he actually plays in a game. Arenas has started playing two-on-two, and Washington president Ernie Grunfeld recently indicated the Wizards expect Arenas to play at some point. Arenas remains a risk — he’s had three knee surgeries in 18 months — but the upside is tremendous if he can play late in the season.

>> Knicks center Eddy Curry, who is seemingly a poor fit with the way New York plays, is set to rejoin the team this week on a Western trip. Keep an eye on how Curry is used; Zach Randolph was supposed to be a bust in coach Mike D’Antoni’s system, and Randolph put up great numbers before being traded. A knee injury has kept Curry out this season.

Ed Ryan writes about fantasy sports and betting for OT and can be reached at ed_ryan@globe.com

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