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Andrei Kirilenko opts in to final year of contract with Nets

Jun 23, 2014, 9:00 PM EDT

Andrei Kirilenko, Dwyane Wade Andrei Kirilenko, Dwyane Wade

Andrei Kirilenko signed a contract last summer that paid him so little, opposing executives – anonymously, of course – alleged conspiracy.

See, Kirilenko is Russian and Nets owner Mikhail Prokhorov is Russian. So… there must have been something nefarious happening, like Kirilenko getting paid under the table.

Because they’re Russian. Russian. Did I say Russian?

Nobody ever presented any evidence beyond that, and the complaints faded away.

They might pop up again.

Kirilenko’s 2014-15 salary – $3,326,235 to be exact – might actually match his value. So, the complaints should hopefully remain in the background this time around. (Even if Kirilenko’s perceived value in 2013 – which was, admittedly, higher than his contract – is the more accurate indicator of what he could have been paid).

He’s still a helpful contributor, especially in the Nets’ small-ball rotation. He works closer to the basket offensively and shows less explosiveness defensively now that he’s 33, but his two-way play is still an asset.

Brooklyn is, once again, fortunate to have him.

  1. milimpilim - Jun 23, 2014 at 9:19 PM

    It’s not JUST because he’s Russian. He opted out of the final year (worth $10 mil) of a contract, and signed this Nets deal two weeks later. Probably couldn’t handle those cold Minnesota winters…

    • adoombray - Jun 24, 2014 at 8:33 AM

      Um. Go watch a world war 2 documentary and come back and talk about how Russian’s can’t handle cold

      • milimpilim - Jun 24, 2014 at 10:33 AM

        You mean to tell me Russia is not a tropical paradise!? Mind. Blown.

        @adoombray The link below applies to both comments.

  2. misterdreamer119 - Jun 23, 2014 at 11:38 PM

    Its opt in, or your family back in Russia gets sent to Siberia to a prison camp.

  3. rskinzluva - Jun 24, 2014 at 1:26 AM

    W/O proof, I still think he was paid under the table in Russian Rubles. At least he’ll get what he’s worth, this season, but will he pay taxes or will the KGB/or whoever he’s spying for? Just joking, I like breathing. Ha Ha.

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