The San Antonio Spurs have serious interest in signing Minnesota Timberwolves unrestricted forward Andrei Kirilenko, according to a report Tuesday morning from ESPN's Marc Stein.
The 32-year-old Kirilenko recently opted out of the $10 million he's owed by the Wolves next season and almost immediately drew interest from the Spurs. Stein said that although San Antonio is now serious about signing him, the team will have to figure out what to do with free agent center Tiago Splitter and also see whether the team can re-sign Manu Ginobili for a reduced rate; Ginobili, who had one of the worst seasons of his career last season, made $13 million in the final year of his contract in 2012-13.
Stein said the Spurs could end up cutting ties with the restricted free agent Splitter, who made $3.9 million last season, and use the money to recruit the oft-injured former No. 1 overall pick Greg Oden in addition to signing Kirilenko.
Once considered a premiere forward in the league, Kirilenko, who was an All-Star in 2004, averaged 12.4 points, 5.7 rebounds, 1.5 steals and a block in 31 minutes per game last season for the Wolves. SI Wire: Amare Stoudemire could be limited to 20 minutes per night, sit out on back-to-back games