Brooklyn Nets Sign Andrei Kirilenko

Apr 13, 2013; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Minnesota Timberwolves small forward Andrei Kirilenko (47) reacts after a call during the third quarter against the Phoenix Suns at the Target Center. Timberwolves won 105-93. Mandatory Credit: Greg Smith-USA TODAY Sports

Andrei Kirilenko will sign a contract with the Brooklyn Nets, according to Peter Vecsey. It seems that the Nets will sign the Russian forward with their mini mid-level exception, and the contract should be one-year and worth $3.1 million. As of right now it’s uncertain, but some reports suggest that Kirilenko will have a player option for the following season as well.

This is clearly a terrific signing by the Nets and a massive steal. AK-47 opted out of his $10 million player option with the Minnesota Timberwolves, and many expected him to look for a three to four-year deal, looking to secure his last decent contract. Instead Kirilenko seems more inclined towards joining a contender and will try to win an NBA championship.

Even with the signings of Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett, few believed that the Nets had enough firepower to actually contend with the best teams in the league. However, add an excellent defender and versatile forward such as Kirilenko to the mix, and you have a pretty scary roster.

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