NBA Rumors: Which Teams Would Be the Best Fit for Andrei Kirilenko
With the NBA offseason in the slowest part of the summer, any offseason addition is sure to be big news.
Andrei Kirilenko chose to play in his native Russia with CSKA Moscow last year during the shortened NBA season and now wants to join the NBA once again.
For his NBA career he averages 12.4 points and 5.6 rebounds per game and could possibly be the piece that some teams need to make it to the postseason.
The 10-year veteran has played all of his seasons with the Jazz and is now looking for a change of scenery. Here are the teams that reportedly want him.
Golden State Warriors
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The Golden State Warriors are looking to add another forward to their forward-heavy team.
Kirilenko is a small forward and the Warriors already have two signed in Richard Jefferson and newly drafted Harrison Barnes. They have yet to sign their second-round draft pick and third small forward, Draymond Green.
Kirilenko would have to fight for minutes on the Warriors, but he would seemingly fit in well with a team high-scoring, low-rebounding team.
According to Marcus Thompson of the Contra Costa Times, Kirilenko is high on the Warriors list, however, it would be a long shot because of the players that they already have.
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This could be a reunion for Kirilenko and point guard Deron Williams, who were teammates in Utah for the better part of six seasons. This would give Kirilenko a sense of comfort knowing that he has a former teammate already on the team.
This could be the missing piece for the Brooklyn Nets' championship puzzle. He could come off the bench and be the No. 2 small forward.
This would be the best fit for Kirilenko.
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Although no reports are out that he is interested in going to Minnesota, this would be a logical choice for the Timberwolves to make after missing out on acquiring Nicolas Batum from Blazers.
Kirilenko is a veteran presence, defender and quality scorer that the Wolves need at the small forward spot.
This could be an emerging destination for the veteran small forward, especially if the Brooklyn Nets and Golden State Warriors don't work out for him.