Thursday, July 26th, 2012 at 9:30 am  |  11 responses

Andrei Kirilenko Close to 2-Year, $20 Million Deal With Timberwolves

As part of the proposed 3-team trade between Minnesota, Phoenix and New Orleans — which is expected to go through soon — Andrei Kirilenko is reportedly close to leaving his Russian squad to sign a $20 million deal with the Timberwolves. From Yahoo! Sports: “The Minnesota Timberwolves are finalizing a two-year, $20 million contract with free-agent forward Andrei Kirilenko after helping facilitate a three-team trade that sent Phoenix’s Robin Lopez and Hakim Warrick to the New Orleans Hornets, league sources said. Lopez agreed to a three-year, $15.3 million contract in a sign-and-trade agreement with the Hornets, league sources said. The second year of Kirilenko’s contract will be a player option. [...] Kirilenko has a buyout in his CSKA of Moscow contract that allows him to return to the NBA. He ruled out the Brooklyn Nets and Russian billionaire owner Mikhail Prokhorov on Tuesday because the Nets simply couldn’t pay him beyond the veteran’s minimum of $1.2 million, sources said.”

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  • jayrose

    Wow hopefully hell live up to the contract

  • Jer dawG

    He’s not worth $10 per year. He got soft the last few seasons in Utah! Bad signings once again. If he can be that versatile defensive force that block shots, steals, and rebounds that he used to be and shows heart then it’s a good signing. I just remember he’s become a sissy on the court.

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=woWqSmichOo RunNGun

    Make it happen, Kahn. LOL It’s getting white as snow up there. Then again, who could blame them when not one non-white player wants to play for Minny.

  • Mike From Spain

    Eventhough this contract means overpaying by the tune of 2 or 3 million , I think Ak47 will be a better contributor than any wing in the T Wolves roster in the last few years. Substracting Wes Johnson and getting Kirilenko to play means that if Kirilenko maintains his 2010 – 2011 level, the WS/48 differential gained is the same as , say, substituting Gilbert Arenas by Michael Jordan. Or careerwise, the same as substituting an average player (0,1 WS/48) by Lebron (0,23 WS/48). It is the differential that you get by adding the production of an over average player, it is almost as though Wes Johnson played and Mr Average NBA Player was added as a 6th player on the court. This is the kind of gain the Wolves get signing Kirilenko, according to advanced stats.

  • Da Real

    @mike – gtfoh with those “advanced” stats. I love ak47, but how is he worth 10 mill a year?? There is no market for him out there yet they are paying top $$. Nets offered him vet minimum and it didnt sound crazy. On top of that they are including a third year player option?? This is retarded

  • http://www.slaminline.com spit hot fiyah

    i read somewhere that the second year is a player option

  • LA Huey

    Big markets and championship teams can get teams at a discount. Crappy small market teams have to overpay.

  • Mike From Spain

    @ Da Real -> The player option is for the second year.

  • Mike From Spain

    I am a convert to advanced stats, I don’t expect everyone to like them. Now, tell me why AK is so much worse than , say, Crash.

  • http://www.twitter.com/_dfrance dfrance21

    At least Crash can still get you 17-18 ppg. The last few years of AK47 he avg around 11. He doesn’t rebound or assist at a high rate and I think his defense is overrated. Plus he’s been out the league for a year. I’d say he’s worth 5mil per at best.

  • logues

    ya he’s a good addition to the wolves, but not worth 10 mill a yr.. oofta