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Warriors, Wolves interested in Kirilenko… or maybe he chooses Moscow

Jul 20, 2012, 6:29 PM EDT

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It’s getting closer and closer to decision time for Andrei Kirilenko.

He has said he’s interested in coming back to the NBA, but if he doesn’t like the offers he gets he could return to CSKA Moscow (where he played last season). You know they will take him. The Nets were the early frontrunners (Russian billionaire owner and all) but a couple other teams have moved to the front of the line.

One is Minnesota, where he would come in off the bench behind Kevin Love. The other is the Golden State Warriors, according to the Contra Costa Times.

The Warriors, according to league sources, have him on their wishlist. At 6-foot-9, 235 pounds, Kirilenko doesn’t figure to have the bulk the Warriors would want at power forward, but he’d fit well as a PF in a small lineup. Even with that, Kirilenko is a defensive specialist and the Warriors simply just need guys like that on the roster. Kirilenko can also play small forward, which he did for years with Utah.

In the Bay Area he would back up David Lee and maybe get some time at the three in a big lineup. Smart money says they end up with someone more like Carl Landry in this role.

So, what does AK-47 want? Backup role with a nice NBA team? Staring role but having to enjoy a Moscow winter? Is it all about the Benjamins?

It’s time for Kirilenko to make the call.

  1. sknut - Jul 20, 2012 at 8:03 PM

    Zgoda on the star trib thought AK would play the 3 for the Wolves. It would be a nice pickup for them.

  2. cosanostra71 - Jul 20, 2012 at 8:15 PM

    I’ve always thought of Kirilenko as more of a 3 than a PF. Would be a nice depth pickup for any team though…

  3. manwithpizza - Jul 20, 2012 at 11:31 PM

    If it is all about the benjamins, he’s headed for another season in Russia, where he will earn at least $3 mil net income (meaning after taxes).

  4. scottieplongballs - Jul 21, 2012 at 7:14 AM

    I hope he comes to MN. I loved him in Utah, the man is an animal with his hustle and defense and can give you some solid but not great offense. Brings it every night.

  5. tomtravis76 - Jul 21, 2012 at 1:06 PM

    The worst NBA player can be one of the best in most foreign leagues. He needs to play as long as he can in the league before picking up checks back in Russia again.

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