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Report: Andrei Kirilenko near multi-year deal with Nets

Dec 19, 2011, 2:53 PM EDT

Andrei Kirilenko

This is not the superstar the Nets need — or the guy that keeps Deron Williams with the team into Brooklyn — but it would be a nice step forward.

Sportando out of Europe reports Andrei Kirilenko — currently playing well for CSKA Moscow — is close to a multi-year deal to join the New Jersey Nets.

I’d like to see what they are paying him before I say how much I like the signing, but this is a good fit on paper. The shot blocking and high-flying game of AK-47 contrasts with Brook Lopez and his more traditional post game. It gives Deron Williams a couple kinds of options — he can look at the matchups and exploit what works best for the Nets.

Kirilenko has played his entire career in Utah and last season gave them 11.7 points and 5.7 rebounds a game. He was an All-Star once but he is not that guy anymore, what he is still is an above-average NBA forward with real length that he knows how to use.

He’s not the star the Nets needs, but he’s a good role player. If they don’t overpay for him.

  1. freeagentsignee - Dec 19, 2011 at 3:56 PM

    Like this signing. Can rebound and defend. Can play SG, SF, and PF.

    • freeagentsignee - Dec 19, 2011 at 4:02 PM

      P.S. Him and Williams played in UTA since 2005-06.

  2. goforthanddie - Dec 19, 2011 at 4:50 PM

    Comrade Owner wants some homies nearby.

    • madnova - Dec 19, 2011 at 5:08 PM

      He already plays for him over in Russia.

      • goforthanddie - Dec 19, 2011 at 5:58 PM

        Maybe AKs trying to work his way into Prokhorov’s will?

  3. madnova - Dec 19, 2011 at 5:07 PM

    No word yet on whether terms of the deal will require him to change his last name to Williams.

  4. chicagofan - Dec 19, 2011 at 7:49 PM

    He is not that good. He was making 16-17m/yr at the end of his contract in Utah and sucked at that price. We will see if the owners have learned anything and can control their overspending on good but not great players like Kirilenko when we get the details.The best he should get is 8-9million/yr and that is probably much too much.

  5. cluelessdufus - Dec 20, 2011 at 11:00 PM

    like this signing i wouldn’t say this would keep deron happy but he did say he dosen’t want loses so this may help he can rebound defend play sg,sf;pf and has a little scoring help

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