Update: Wednesday, July 25 -- Maxwell Ogden
It was reported yesterday that the Brooklyn Nets would no longer be in the runnings for Andrei Kirilenko. It was also relayed that the Minnesota Timberwolves had emerged as a favorite to land the Russian small forward.
One day later, it appears as if those reports have discovered validity. Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports has the story.
This would offer a major upgrade for the Minnesota Timberwolves at a position marred by inconsistency. Andrei Kirilenko would immediately become the team's lead perimeter defender and would be a great mentor for Derrick Williams.
As for how the deal will be constructed, Wojnarowski's latest tweet updates that information.
This can only be described as a great signing for a franchise looking to make their first postseason appearance of the post-Garnett era.
-- Report via B/R's Minnesota Timberwolves tracker
Update: Tuesday, July 24 -- Maxwell Ogden
The Brooklyn Nets have had quite the offseason. They've re-signed Deron Williams, traded for Joe Johnson and brought back a handful of key pieces.To top it off, the Nets are looking to land one of Williams' former teammates.
Small forward Andrei Kirilenko.
Unfortunately, Brooklyn is no longer on Kirilenko's short list. Instead, a former non-contender with more flexible cap room has entered the discussions.
Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports has the news.
This is bad news for Brooklynites and great news for fans of the Pride of the Twin Cities. Minnesota has long needed a reliable option at the 3 and Andrei Kirlenko would certainly provide that.
His defensive ability and explosiveness in transition could improve the T-Wolves attack in a major way.
Update: Tuesday, July 24 -- Joel C. Cordes
It's not surprising that Andrei Kirilenko is still mulling his return to the NBA. That rumor has been floating around for nearly a month now.
The more surprising part is that the presumed destination might be different. As well-regarded NBA scout Wendell Maxey mentions, AK-47 seems closer than ever in his return to the States:
However, it's long been assumed that Kirilenko would join the Russian-owned Brooklyn Nets. Stefan Bondy of the New York Daily News refutes this idea, saying that AK-47 wants more than the veteran's minimum salary, which is all the Nets can currently offer:
Kirilenko will have plenty of teams interested in his services, but not many who will have their mid-level exception money left to pay. Isn't that why he went back overseas in the first place?
- Content for this update provided by Bleacher Report's Utah Jazz offseason tracker.
Update: Saturday, July 21 -- Maxwell Ogden
The Brooklyn Nets have had an active offseason that very well may have taken the former basement team right back to the postseason. According to Anthony Gargano and Lincoln Kennedy of Fox Sports, the Nets are not yet done.
Here's what Billy King had to say in an audio interview.
"We got a couple guys we're talking to. Nazr Mohammed is visiting now in New Jersey with his wife. We'd like to sign him as a back-up and then ... We're talking to [Andre] Kirilenko."
Andre Kirilenko last played in the NBA in 2011. He posted averages of 11.7 points, 5.1 rebounds, 3.0 rebounds, 1.2 steals and 1.2 blocks per game as a member of the Utah Jazz.
Most importantly, he was a longtime teammate of the Nets' point guard: Deron Williams.
Update: Friday, July 20 -- Joel C. Cordes
NetIncome.com reports that Andrei Kirilenko told reports during Olympic training that he is still open to an NBA return this year. He cites the Brooklyn Nets as the only possibility in that report.
This is not surprising, considering the Nets are owned by Russian comrade Mikhail Prokhorov. However, the Contra Costa times also mentions the Warriors as having "AK-47" on their wishlist yet.
During his first few seasons with the Utah Jazz, Kirilenko was a nightmare on fast breaks and a defensive wrecking ball at either forward position. However, teams would be penciling him in as nothing more than a versatile, experienced rotation guy these days.
Would he give up his stardom and big European contracts potential to come back to the NBA?
Update: Wednesday, July 8 -- Joel C. Cordes
Eurohoops.com reports that Andrei Kirilenko has opted to remain in Europe and will sign with his Russian club CSKA.
This is much less surprising than the rumors of AK-47's return. He stands to garner much more money and playing-time overseas where he's still a big name. At this point, he couldn't expect to be more than a key rotation defensive and athleticism cog in the NBA.
Kirilenko was an up-and-coming star nearly a decade ago, but injuries and regression hindered him from living up to the max deal he last played on with the Jazz.
- Content for this update provided by Bleacher Report's Utah Jazz Offseason tracker.