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Saturday, June 29th, 2013 at 12:23 pm  |  10 responses

Andrei Kirilenko Opts Out of Contract, Will Become Free Agent


Not thrilled at the idea of playing on a one-year deal, Andrei Kirilenko has opted out of the final year of his contract and will be a free agent. Based on the team’s selection of Shabazz Muhammad in the Draft this week, the TWolves had a good idea that AK47 would forgo his $10.2 million player option. Per the Minneapolis Star-Tribune: “Andrei Kirilenko turned down $10.2 million guaranteed for next season for the right to negotiate, at age 32, a multi-year extension with any NBA team, including the Wolves. Kirilenko had until today to make up his mind on an option year for next season and he went down to the final day before deciding from the south of France. The Wolves still could re-sign their starting small forward from last season. Kirilenko is seeking a three- or four-year extension because he believes this might be the last chance to negotiate the last big contract of his career. You can bet Flip Saunders won’t offer anything more than two years, and at a salary considerably less than $10 million.”

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  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    You Timberwolves guys were saying?

  • ak

    Funny if he only gets offered a 2 year deal, worth $5.1 million per season.

  • spit hot fiyah

    what were they saying?

  • spit hot fiyah

    they will prioritize pekovic over ak47. brooklyn would be nice, even though they already have a starting 5 with 3 guys making the max and two others close to it. wait, prokhorov probably leaves tips bigger than the luxury tax he is about to pay

  • RunNGun

    AK can still play. Anyone who pays more than 10M though…

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    Basically that the Timberwolves are a playoff team next year, and AK wasn’t going to leave a playoff team when he’s got a tab at 10 million

  • Mike From Spain

    My take was, AK would rather have 3×7 or something like that than one year at 10. As a Wolves fan I thought there would be enough salary dump to take AK at 7. And I thought that AK as a FA would sign 3×7 with the Wolves. But well, it does not look it’s happenning…

  • spit hot fiyah

    darkhorse who went undrafted and will be on the wolves summer league team. who i think will make the team and possibly outplay shabazz: brandon paul.

    if it happens just remember to give me credit in december lol

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    Lol bet. I gotchu

  • Anthony Darnello Taylor Jr.

    come on to south beach AK we got palm trees and bad bitches, so that one night only rule that your wife has for you will come in handy here lol.

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