Nets and Andrei Kirilenko make deal official

Andrei Kirilenko declined a $10 million option to play for the Nets for a reported $3.1 million. AP Photo.

Andrei Kirilenko declined a $10 million option to play for the Nets for a reported $3.1 million. AP Photo.

Just after the Brooklyn Nets finally made the Kevin Garnett-Paul Pierce trade official, they have announced that another one of their moves has become official — the signing of Andrei Kirilenko.

“It gives me great pleasure to welcome Andrei to the Nets,” said Nets Principal Owner Mikhail Prokhorov. “He is a true talent with tremendous versatility. As a fellow countryman, I am especially proud that the best Russian player in the history of the NBA will be wearing a Nets jersey.”

“We are very pleased to add Andrei to our roster,” said King. “He is a proven NBA veteran with a unique skill set, and his addition provides our team with increased frontcourt flexibility.”

Terms of the deal were not disclosed, but it is believed to be a two-year deal worth $3.1 million each year with the second year being a player option. The deal is considered to be a steal considering that Kirilenko opted-out of the final year of his contract with the Minnesota Timberwolves worth $10 million to become a free agent.

The Kirilenko deal came only after the Nets failed to come to an agreement with Bojan Bogdanovic‘s Turkish club earlier this week. Kirilenko is expected to serve as Paul Pierce’s backup and is expected to be a big defensive presence on a team that struggled at that end of the court last year.

The 32-year-old nicknamed AK47 averaged 14.0 points, 6.4 rebounds and 3.1 assists per 36 minutes in 64 games with the Wolves last season.


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