Nets reach deal with free agent forward Andrei Kirilenko
Free agent forward Andrei Kirilenko has agreed to terms on a two-year deal with the Brooklyn Nets, an NBA source told SI.com. Kirilenko will slide into the Nets mini-midlevel salary slot of $3.1 million this season and has a player option for the next season.
The signing is a major coup for the Nets, which chased free agent Kyle Korver with that money last week and saw a deal with European sharpshooter Bojan Bogdanovic fall apart earlier this week. In the 32-year-old Kirilenko, the Nets add a versatile defender who averaged 12.4 points and 5.7 rebounds with Minnesota last season.
The addition of Kirilenko -- coupled with the signing of guard Shaun Livingston and the re-signing of center Andray Blatche, both announced on Thursday -- strengthens a bench that will support one of the most star-studded starting lineups in recent history, headlined by Deron Williams, Joe Johnson, Paul Pierce, Kevin Garnett and Brook Lopez.
Kirilenko had hoped to secure a lucrative multi-year deal when he opted out of his contract with Minnesota, which was scheduled to pay him $10 million next season. A sign-and-trade with San Antonio fell apart and with most of the contenders having spent their cap space, Kirilenko was left with few options.