Report: Mikhail Prokhorov Wants Andrei Kirilenko in New Jersey

by January 19, 2011

The Nets‘ owner is reportedly targeting his fellow countryman as a potential free agent acquisition this summer. The NY Daily News has the details: “If the Nets fail in their bid to get [Carmelo] Anthony, the kind of superstar Prokhorov wants playing in Brooklyn, Net fans might get to see their future small forward, anyway. The Jazz’s Andrei Kirilenko is a free agent this summer and knows Prokhorov well enough that the two have dinner in Russia when Kirilenko goes home every summer. According to Nets sources, Kirilenko is on the team’s radar as a potential player and front-office official. But with the Knicks turning things around behind Amar’e Stoudemire, Prokhorov wants Anthony, first and foremost, to help revive the Nets’ fortunes. There is growing speculation that even if the Nets can’t get Anthony to agree to a long-term commitment, Prokhorov will still agree to a trade, on a reduced scale, to at least get Anthony for part of the season in hopes that they can convince him to stay.”