The Brooklyn Nets officially announced the signing of small forward Andrei Kirilenko over the weekend. It was a big deal for the Nets to land a player at that position for just $3.1 million. But Kirilenko was actually Plan B, Plan A was Bojan Bogdanovic, whom the Nets thought they had a deal with a week earlier only to watch that fall through.
In the fall out of that non-deal Bogdanovic told reporter Igor Marinovic that it wasn’t about the money, he just wants to play for acclaimed European head coach Zeljko Obradovic and that he will eventually come to the NBA in a year or two.
This entire thing really worked out well for the Nets. Bogdanovic will almost certainly have an adjustment period to the NBA when he eventually does come here so Kirilenko is probably the better player right now anyway and playing under Obradovic can only help his development long-term. He’ll be that much better when he does come to the NBA and the Nets can compete for a championship in the meantime.
Besides Kirilenko’s deal is also about $3 million less than what the Nets would have agreed on with Bogdanovic which saves them a little bit of money (not that they care). Brooklyn still retains his rights so when he does come to the NBA, he’ll be a Net.