Andrei Kirilenko confident after inking pact with T-Wolves
Minneapolis, MN, United States (4E Sports) – The Minnesota Timberwolves have reportedly reached a verbal agreement from swingman Andrei Kirilenko on a two-year, $20 million deal, a source close to situation disclosed Thursday.
The T-Wolves are now finalizing the papers to formally sign Kirilenko, who opted to play the rest of the 2011-2012 season for CSKA Moscow.
The 31-year-old Kirilenko insisted he’s still capable of playing competitive basketball in the NBA after averaging 14.1 points, 7.5 rebounds, 2.4 assists in Euroleague competition last season.
Kirilenko, who was named the 2011-2012 Euroleague MVP, said he wants to return playing for an NBA team.
The T-Wolves have been freeing up cap space to sign Kirilenko, attempting to send Wes Johnson ($4.285 million) and a first round pick to Phoenix Suns in a three-team trade which also involves the New Orleans Hornets.
Kirilenko played 10 NBA seasons with the Utah Jazz, averaging 12.4 points and 5.6 rebounds.