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Apparently Andrei Kirilenko is very popular these days

Dec 6, 2011, 2:37 PM EDT


Andrei Kirilenko has a lot of friends in the United States. Or people that want to be his friends. Particularly general managers of teams that want to be his friend.

Fifteen teams have reached out to the free agent forward, AK-47’s agent told Mike Wells of the Indianapolis Star. The Pacers are among that group — and likely have more money to spend than just about anybody in that group.

The Jazz are not one of the teams reaching out to him, according to reports.

Kirilenko is a versitile role player who can be a good fit in the right situation. He’s a long 6’9” who can finish at the rim and play inside or knock down the three. He’s a good shot blocker if not an always focused defender. He moves pretty well without the ball and gave the Jazz a fairly efficient 11.7 points and 5.1 rebounds a game last season. He’s not an All-Star now — and certainly not worth the $17.8 million the Jazz paid him last season — but he is above average.

The question now is where does Kirilenko go as a free agent. Does he chase a ring with a contender or go to a team with cap space that can really pay him. He was tearing it up in Europe with CSKA Moscow (he was the EuroLeague player of the month in October and quite the dancer), but his game always fit well in international ball. He did suffer a nasty head injury and a shoulder injury but is said to be back to 100 percent.

The question is where will it fit in the NBA this season. Kirilenko has options.

  1. beinhorntwins - Dec 6, 2011 at 3:35 PM

    best nickname in sports


    • beinhorntwins - Dec 6, 2011 at 3:39 PM


  2. bparmalee - Dec 6, 2011 at 5:49 PM

    As a Pacers fan this would be yet another dumb move. We need a 2 guard and a real power forward. We dont need anymore small forwards!! We have Granger and Paul George. Granger is not really suited to play 2 guard (though he might have to) and none of them can really play power forward. Tyler Myearhurtsbrough thinks he is a 2 guard (trade him to the Bobcats… they want him… ) and is useless as a PF. Pacers:Dont overpay an average player… look for a trade where actually win… and stop stockpiling PG’s and SF’s.

    • metalhead65 - Dec 7, 2011 at 12:43 PM

      do all pacer fans a favor and stop being one! hansrough did fine once they got rid of the worst coach ever and he got playing time. one of their problems is not having anybody who can score consistantly which ak does so would not have a problem with adding him. as for over paying average players you are tight they should not but tell me which superstar is going to sign with them? did I miss the part where howard or paul are coming to indy and signing long term?

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