Jul 11 2013, 7:59pm CDT | by Poch de la Rosa
ESPN New York's Mike Mazzeo confirms Kirilenko agreed to terms with the Nets on Thursday. It is reported to be a two-year deal in which the versatile Russian will be paid $3.1 million in the first yer with a player option for the second year. Brooklyn will use its taxpayer mini-mid level exception to make the deal possible.
Kirilenko signed a two-year, $20 million deal with the Minnesota Timberwolves last year, but decided to opt out of the final year to become a free agent. By signing with the Nets, he will be reunited with Brooklyn owner Mikhail Prokhorov who used to own a previous team Kirilenko played for from 1998-2001, CKA Moscow.
Kirilenko's addition will further fortify the Nets' lineup. Brooklyn just signed point guard Shaun Livingston and re-signed center Andray Blatche. Its starting lineup of Deron Williams, Joe Johnson, Pierce, Garnett and Brook Lopez is one of the best in the NBA.
The signing of Kirilenko comes as a bit of a surprise considering he revealed in an interview with Pavel Osipov of Russia's Sport-Express a few weeks ago that him ending up with the Nets is a slim proposition.
"Still, my chances of joining Brooklyn are minimal. The roster is almost complete. Though...anything is possible in the NBA."
Kirilenko is entering his 12th NBA season. He has posted career averages of 12.4 points, 5.6 rebounds and 2.8 assists per game.
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