NBA Rumors: Andrei Kirilenko Would Be Major Free Agency Score for Brooklyn Nets

Alex KayCorrespondent IJuly 20, 2012

ATLANTA - NOVEMBER 12:  Andrei Kirilenko #47 of the Utah Jazz against the Atlanta Hawks at Philips Arena on November 12, 2010 in Atlanta, Georgia.  NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
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The Brooklyn Nets have already had the best offseason in the NBA, and it may get even better.

According to a report by EuroHoops.net’s Lefteris Moutis, the franchise may have a crack at signing versatile forward Andrei Kirilenko.

While many outlets have reported that AK47 would remain with CSKA Moscow, where he signed as a free agent during the lockout in the summer of 2011, Kirilenko himself hinted that he might take his talents back to the United States.

In an interview with Gazeta.ru (translated by Moutis), the former Utah Jazz star nonchalantly mentioned the Nets as one of his options for the upcoming season.

“I haven’t decided yet where I will play. Maybe Brooklyn Nets, maybe CSKA,” said Kirilenko.

Kirilenko has career averages of 12.4 points, 5.6 rebounds, 2.8 assists, 2.0 blocks and 1.4 steals per game and has the ability to play—and more importantly guard—multiple positions on the floor.

During his 17-game tenure with CSKA Moscow, the 6’9”, 225-pound player averaged 14.1 points, 7.5 rebounds, 2.4 assists, 1.5 steals and 1.9 blocks, proving he still has the chops to play at a high level.

If Kirilenko were to join the Nets, he would be the latest addition to a star-studded roster that includes Deron Williams, Joe Johnson, Gerald Wallace and Brook Lopez.

The team is a favorite in the Eastern Conference and will give the Miami Heat a run for their money in the postseason.

Stay tuned to B/R for the latest breaking news, information, updates, opinions and analysis on AK47’s free agent decision this summer.