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Minnesota now may be frontrunner to land Kirilenko

Jul 25, 2012, 7:57 AM EDT

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We told you Tuesday that Brooklyn was making a push to get the services of Andrei Kirilenko, who spent last season with CSKA Moscow but wants to return to the NBA.

But Brooklyn is out now out of the running, tweets Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports. Not a shock because while the Nets could have Deron Williams trying to recruit, they also could only offer the veteran minimum.

The new front-runner appears to be the Minnesota Timberwolves, Woj tweets.

Minnesota is part of a three-team deal deep in discussion that sends Robin Lopez and Hakim Warrick to New Orleans, Phoenix would get Wesley Johnson and a 1st round pick, and the Timberwolves would get the contract of Brad Miller (who is about to retire) and some filler.

What that trade does for Minnesota is clear out cap space, allowing the Timberwolves to offer more money to Kirilenko.

Kirilenko would come off the bench in Minnesota as a change of pace behind Kevin Love. He also could play beside Love in a small lineup.

In the mean time, Kirilenko is playing on the Russian national team in the London Olympics.

Nothing is set here, lots of dominoes have to fall. But this seems to be happening.

  1. dr0pkickram0nes - Jul 25, 2012 at 7:59 AM

    …and the white get whiter

    lol

  2. Justin - Jul 25, 2012 at 8:29 AM

    “and the Timberwolves would get the contract of Brad Miller (who is about to retire)”

    No they wouldn’t! Stop putting this in the stories. The Wolves just traded Miller to New Orleans for a second round pick. They can’t just trade him back because it is against the rules of the CBA. He would be traded from New Orleans to Phoenix.

    Also, stop considering Kirilenko as only a PF. He can play the 3 just fine and the big reason this move is being pursued is to fill the void by MN not landing Nicolas Batum.

    • brewdogg - Jul 25, 2012 at 10:15 AM

      I still believe the piece being moved from NO to Mn will be one of their options at the 3. Maybe it will be Miller, the rookie. He would have the cheapest contract, and wouldn’t throw a fuss splitting time with AK, although where Williams would fit in in that scenario I really don’t know.

  3. mnskolvikes - Jul 25, 2012 at 8:45 AM

    Twolves sure likke the white guys! Hahaha. I like it! However, I don’t think all whites can win you a championship. Better start sprinkling in some tall black guys in the mix.

    • hgulkkcaj - Jul 25, 2012 at 11:14 AM

      And I thought racism was dead.

    • Justin - Jul 25, 2012 at 12:38 PM

      You are like the anti Don Haskins at Texas Western.

  4. thraiderskin - Jul 25, 2012 at 11:02 AM

    Maybe he wanted Moscow-like weather.

  5. paulhargis53 - Jul 25, 2012 at 11:47 AM

    No kidding on the racism. I was told to be quiet about it because its “funny”. Stupidity is what it is.

  6. migoli - Jul 25, 2012 at 11:54 AM

    *ahahaaha i love how sensitive you clowns are, purely mentioning race doesnt automatically make it racist!

  7. alexjm3449 - Jul 25, 2012 at 2:18 PM

    How long is Taylor gonna sit back and let Khaun do this crap!? You drafted Rubio…. Good job, youve done nothing else with the Wolves, you knew the french dude was going back to Portland why make an offer, when you have oj mayo who is just as good looking for less money? Now Wes is getting his confidence up in the summer league and youre gonna trade him…..? MN sports I tell ya!

  8. fmlizard - Jul 25, 2012 at 4:35 PM

    If you go to 82games, take the 2011 simple rating for AK47 (+5.2) and add in Wes Johnson and his -7.0 from last year, you get an upgrade of +12.2 at the 3.

    For comparison, Kevin Durant carded a 11.2 in 2012. Kevin Love scored a 9.1. The AK47 – Wes Johnson gap is better than every player in the NBA except for James, Howard, Paul, and Wade.

    That’s how spectacularly bad Wes is. Maybe the worst regular in the NBA.

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