As reported by Jerry Zgoda of the Star Tribune, Minnesota Timberwolves forward Andrei Kirilenko has opted-out of the final year of his contract, deciding to forgo the $10.2 million he was guaranteed for next season.
The 32-year-old wants a long-term deal in free agency, and while he probably won't get $10 million a year, he could make roughly double that over a three-year deal.
Fortunately for Kirilenko, he's coming off his finest season since 2005-06. After playing in Russia during the lockout season and helping guide his country to bronze in the Beijing Olympics, the golden-tressed NBA player looks well placed to land a multi-year contract.
How much money he commands will be the real question.
Last season, he averaged 12.4 points per game on a career-high 50.7 percent shooting. Though he grabbed only 5.7 boards a night, he also averaged a block and 1.5 steals per game. Kirilenko posted the 10th-best player efficiency rating (PER) among small forwards, better than stat-sheet stuffer Josh Smith or Most Improved Player of the Year-winner Paul George.
The one concern with Kirilenko is durability. He has had a track record of injuries over the past five years and missed 18 games last season with various ailments. Still, he offers experience and versatility as a big 3 or a small 4. He's good at finishing near the rim and has the court vision to make the necessary pass when the defense converges.
When healthy, he is a quality player, and some team who needs a free-agent forward is likely to bite.
Here are five teams that have the needs and means to provide Kirilenko with a comfy landing spot for the next few seasons.