Andrei Kirilenko to the Brooklyn Nets
Added by Matthew Hochberg on July 13, 2013.
Free agent Andrei Kirilenko has reached a two-year deal with the Brooklyn Nets. After opting out of his $10 million contract with the Minnesota Timberwolves earlier this offseason, AK-47 is taking less money to come play Brooklyn. He will make $3.1 million in his first year with a player option for 2015.
Nets multi-billionaire owner Mikhail Prokhorov has ties with Kirilenko. Not only are they both Russian natives, but before coming over to the United States, Kirilenko played basketball for CSKA Moscow, that was owned by Prokhorov at the time.
Kirilenko, 32, is a versatile forward who will be a key reserve for the Nets. He can shoot, rebound, pass and play solid defense. After spending the first ten years of his NBA career with the Utah Jazz, Kirilenko averaged 12.4 points, 1 block and 5.7 rebounds last season in Minnesota.
Brooklyn continues to make noise throughout this busy offseason. Just a few weeks ago, they traded for Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce to come over from Boston to add a winning attitude to the team. With Kirilenko signing, it will help the Nets have a reliable player of the bench that will help guys like KG and Pierce get some rest, which will certainly be needed to keep them fresh for the postseason.
The Nets, in less than a month have gone from a decent team to a squad that will instantly challenge the Mighty Miami Heat for the Eastern Conference title. Kirilenko is just another valuable piece to help this talented roster reach the Finals for the first time in eleven years.
Andrei Kirilenko, a talented forward is headed to Brooklyn to join a revamped Nets team.