Sergey Karasev will return to Russia to play for his father, Vasily Karasev, at Zenit in St. Petersburg, according to an overseas source that talked to Netsdaily.com.
Karasev, a first round pick of Cleveland in 2013, was traded to the Nets as part of the three-team trade with Cleveland and Boston that brought Jarrett Jack to the Nets in July of 2014. The Russian native appeared in 40 games for the Nets last season, averaging 2.4 points and 1.5 rebounds per game. Over two seasons with Brooklyn, Karasev played in only 73 games.
Last month, Vasily Karasev, the coach of the year in the Russian league, told a Russian newspaper that his son would consider his options in both the NBA and Europe for next season. He then added, "One thing is for sure, Sergey won't play for the Nets next season."
Brooklyn has already declinded Karasev's team option for the 2016-2017 season.
It's a shame, because I had high hopes for Karasev when the Nets acquired him. This was a guy taken in the first round of an absolutely stacked draft, but he just never seemed to put it together at the NBA level. When he did crack the lineup consistently and start to play well, he would get hurt, or quickly fall out of favor with the coaching staff (it happened under two different head coaches).
Plus, there was the father issue, and Sergey's dad was constantly talking in the international media about Karasev's status with the Nets, his playing time, his likelihood of staying in Brooklyn, or whatever else struck him as a good idea to say at the time. So, while Karasev definitely has some talent, maybe it's best he finds his way back under dad's wing in Russia.