Nets agree to deal with Andrei Kirilenko

The Brooklyn Nets agreed to a deal with Andrei Kirilenko for just $3.1 million after he turned down a player option with the Wolves worth $10 million. AP Photo.

The Brooklyn Nets agreed to a deal with Andrei Kirilenko for just $3.1 million after he turned down a player option with the Wolves worth $10 million. AP Photo.

The Brooklyn Nets and small forward Andrei Kirilenko have agreed to a one-year deal for their mini mid-level exception, worth $3.1 million, according to Peter Vecsey of the NY Post. The deal also carries a a second year player option.

At $3.1 million this is a nice get for the Nets considering Kirilenko turned down his 2013-14 player option from the Wolves that was worth $10 million. Not that they are exactly getting a deal as the total cost of the deal is said to be worth about $15 million next year. This comes on the heels of the Nets failing to come to an agreement with Bojan Bogdanovic’s Turkish Club just a few days ago.

Kirilenko is 32-years-old and hasn’t played in more than 67 games since the 2007-08 season, but he shot 50.7-percent from the field last season, a career high, and averaged a solid 14.0 points and 6.4 rebounds per 36 minutes. He wasn’t the All-Star that he was in his Utah Jazz heyday with the Wolves last season, though he did post a solid 17.6 PER. Expect him to back up Paul Pierce next year.

Kirilenko spent the entire lockout-shortened season of 2011-12 playing in native Russia. That was after he was an All-Star and played 10 seasons with the Utah Jazz. Before that he actually played for his fellow countryman and new boss, Nets owner Mikhail Prokhorov, with the CSKA Moscow from 1998 until 2001.


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