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Report: Minnesota near two-year, $20 million for Kirilenko

Jul 25, 2012, 6:56 PM EDT

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Andrei Kirilenko coming to Minnesota appears to be more and more likely.

We told you yesterday the Timberwolves may have moved to the front of the line because they can offer a lot of money and the Brooklyn Nets could only offer the veteran minimum ($1.2 million).

Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports and the NBC Sports Network has the update.

Minnesota is finalizing a two-year, $20 million contract with free agent forward Andrei Kirilenko, league sources tell Y! Sports.

Kirilenko’s deal with the Wolves is expected to include a player option for the 2013-’14 season, sources said.

Minnesota is close to a three-team trade — one that has details still in flux (like is Brad Miller included) — that would clear the cap space needed to sign Kirilenko.

But they are not alone in the chase, reportedly Denver is interested, according to a Russian sports site (via Still, Minny is in the driver’s seat.

Kirilenko played last season for CSKA Moscow but said he wants to return to the NBA. Of course, he wants to get paid to do it, too (Moscow would pay him more than the NBA minimum to return).

AK-47 in Minnesota would be interesting. While they already have pretty good guy in Kevin Love at the four. However, in Rick Adelman’s corner offense versatility is prized and Kirilenko provides that. He can hit the outside shot, play inside and he will block shots and cover defensively for other bigs who many not be consistent on that end (we’re looking at you, Love).

  1. huschlej - Jul 25, 2012 at 7:04 PM

    They are not paying 9-10 million for a backup four. Even Khan isn’t that big an idiot. They are bringing him in to play the three. That is what he played in Utah and that is what the Wolves need. I don’t know where the idea of playing him as a four makes any sense.

  2. cosanostra71 - Jul 25, 2012 at 7:13 PM

    you keep acting like only plays the 4… he has been a SF most of his career…

    • monkeyhateclean - Jul 25, 2012 at 8:12 PM

      The only sports “writer” possibly more consistantly inaccurate that Kurt Helin is Adrian Wojnarowski, the source on this “fine example of sports journalism”.

  3. detroitrollin22 - Jul 25, 2012 at 7:15 PM

    Minny Should trade Wesley Johnson, Derrick Williams, 2013 Lotto Protected 1st for to Sac for Tyreke Evans & Jimmer

    PG- Rubio (when he comes back)
    SG- Evans
    PF- Love
    C- Pekovic

    Bench: Jimmer, Kirilenko, Webster, Etc.

    • gmen4life33 - Jul 25, 2012 at 7:57 PM

      Khan: “detriotrollllllllllllllllllllllllllllllin”

      • detroitrollin22 - Jul 26, 2012 at 3:13 AM

        Williams = bust
        Johnson= bust
        Make the playoffs= 1st round pick is a scrub

        Evans gives you a scoring threat. Minny wont do shit without Rubio and a solid Wing Player.


  4. knightrider1755 - Jul 25, 2012 at 7:18 PM

    That’s a steep price for a guy who averaged only 5 rebounds and 11 pts a game when he last played in the NBA two years ago.

  5. jmclarkent - Jul 25, 2012 at 7:23 PM

    As a Utah Jazz fan that loves and still loves the guy, he has been AK-47 (aka, worth double-digit millions) in many moons.

    The good news is that he is versatile and the contract is only for two years.

    • jmclarkent - Jul 25, 2012 at 7:39 PM

      Wow… I butchered that baby.

      • gmen4life33 - Jul 25, 2012 at 7:51 PM

        lol. We get what you meant. Yea, loved the way he played, but it looked like he lost his confidence after going through a rough patch with the Jazz, and he never really got it back. I still see why teams want him though.

  6. dr0pkickram0nes - Jul 25, 2012 at 7:41 PM



    Literally 2 lineups worth.

    • gmen4life33 - Jul 25, 2012 at 7:53 PM

      why do MINN fans keep forgetting Roy? hes worth mentioning….

      • tomossriceenoughsaid - Jul 25, 2012 at 8:03 PM

        probably because he is only referring to the white guys.

    • passerby23 - Jul 25, 2012 at 8:35 PM

      I think the lineup is going to look more like:


      Bench: Barea, Buddinger, Cunningham, Stiemsma, Hummel, Ridnour

      • passerby23 - Jul 25, 2012 at 8:36 PM

        And Derrick Williams…

    • Justin - Jul 25, 2012 at 9:25 PM

      Who is Svenk?

    • brewdogg - Jul 25, 2012 at 9:34 PM

      Let’s try this one again….


      Two of these will not make the 12-man. I’m going to guess that Hummel won’t make the cut and Ridnour/Barea will be a midseason trade unless they find that Roy can’t hold up. The bigger question is why are they stockpiling a bunch of average players? They should be looking to deal 3 or 4 of these guys to land a difference-maker. Is there any reason they couldn’t deal Williams, Hummel, and Barea for a SG?

    • hoopfan71 - Jul 26, 2012 at 12:15 AM

      Don’t forget Brandon Roy, if he’s truly healthy.

  7. meadowlark89 - Jul 25, 2012 at 7:45 PM

    you forgot Williams and Cunningham in those lineups

  8. tomossriceenoughsaid - Jul 25, 2012 at 7:47 PM

    the all white team continues! *pumps his fists*

    • loungefly74 - Jul 26, 2012 at 11:13 AM

      it is “eyebrow raising”!!!!!

  9. meadowlark89 - Jul 25, 2012 at 7:48 PM

    forgot Roy and Lee as well

  10. cruelintentions662 - Jul 25, 2012 at 8:39 PM

    That contract is a dam shame…

  11. clickablecontent - Jul 25, 2012 at 9:05 PM

    2 years/20M for a 31 year old that’s averaged 12ppg/5rbs. The lack of disdain here, relative to a certain 3 year/25M contract is interesting.

  12. flyingvien - Jul 25, 2012 at 9:15 PM

    I’m a white guy, and I’m mortified.

  13. gmsalpha - Jul 25, 2012 at 9:25 PM

    Hmmm….. Tough call if I’m Andrei.

    Play with Deron Williams in the brand new Barclays Center who happens to have a fellow Russian as their owner and will likely be a decent playoff seed?

    Or make nearly 5 times more money to play in Minnesota?

    Kinda tells you all you need to know about what’s important to a guy.

  14. zaktmt - Jul 25, 2012 at 10:31 PM

    It’s Shved, not Svenk.

  15. hoopfan71 - Jul 26, 2012 at 12:29 AM

    I like the Kirilenko signing for the Wolves, if it comes to fruition. They need an intangibles guy like Kirilenko who can defend, block a few shots, and generally hustle. Too bad Rubio probably won’t be ready for the start of the season; they need their full squad together as early as possible with all the new faces they have to integrate.

  16. negrodamus28 - Jul 26, 2012 at 12:51 AM

    Negrodamus wonders why no one has discussed the hotness that is his wife?

  17. detroitrollin22 - Jul 26, 2012 at 3:15 AM

    wont make playoffs

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