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Andrei Kirilenko to play full season in Moscow, not NBA

Dec 31, 2011, 4:56 PM EDT

Andrei Kirilenko (L) of Russia vies for Getty Images

Teams looking for a little boost along the front line will not be getting an AK47.

Andrei Kirilenko came back to the USA as a free agent has decided to return to CSKA Moscow and play in NBA this season, TalkBasket.net confirmed.

Kirilenko will join up with his CSKA Moscow teammates on January 3rd, after failing to agree terms with the NBA teams that he and his party have spoken to.

This news will certainly make other Euroleague teams stand-up and take notice even more. CSKA are currently the only unbeaten side in the competition and head into the Top 16 as favourites to win Europe’s biggest club competition prize.

The former Jazz forward reportedly had been close to a deal with the Nets — who certainly could use the front line help with Brook Lopez out — but that has fallen apart.

Kirilenko had been battling a shoulder injury but apparently has recovered. He had been voted the EuroLeague player of the month in October as he looked sharp for CSKA averaging 13.8 points per game.

  1. glink123 - Dec 31, 2011 at 5:28 PM

    he only averaged 13 pts per game, in the Euro-trash League? lmfao. now that is *pathetic*. keep your weak ruskie a s s overseas, AK.

    • jmclarkent - Dec 31, 2011 at 5:34 PM

      14 PPG is actually pretty respectable in Euroleague play – the game is a bit different. You don’t have guys averaging 25-30 PPG.

  2. goforthanddie - Dec 31, 2011 at 5:33 PM

    “Andrei Kirilenko came back to the USA as a free agent has decided to return to CSKA Moscow and play in NBA this season, TalkBasket.net confirmed.”

    That makes absolutely no sense. NONE. I try to be understanding of simple misspellings and typos, but that is nowhere near a competent sentence.
    Time to hire a new hamster, your current proofreader sucks.

  3. seanb20124 - Dec 31, 2011 at 8:43 PM

    Surprised the nets oligarch did not break bank for a comrade.

    • goforthanddie - Jan 1, 2012 at 12:29 AM

      I think he owns the team AK is playing for now.

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