HoopsHype Andrei Kirilenko rumors

November 20, 2013 Updates

Andrei Kirilenko, who has missed the past four games with back spasms, also will sit out Wednesday night, though he did accompany the team on their trip this week after staying home for last week’s West Coast trip. New York Post

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Mike Mazzeo: Kidd says no timetable on AK, in case anyone was wondering #Nets Twitter @MazzESPN

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Kirilenko sat out Monday’s practice at the team’s New Jersey facility as he continues to recover from an ongoing bout with back spasms, and how he fares in 5-on-5 portions of Tuesday’s practice likely will determine whether or not he is available when the Nets face the Cavaliers in their opening game Wednesday in Cleveland. New York Post

October 18, 2013 Updates

After chasing $8 million to $10 million a year on the market, Kirilenko settled on a $3.2 million exception with the Nets. Much of the NBA cried conspiracy, and the league office was forced into conducting an impossible investigation to understand the fluidity of Kirilenko's free-agent process. If the league office was trying to find an opening for a side deal, Kirilenko and the Nets simply explained this as a circumstance where the market dried up and a player accepted less to play for a big-market contender. Yahoo! Sports

The NBA brought AK-47's agent and a union representative into the league office to meet with the lawyers, but the stories checked out. League lawyers reached out to front-office executives who had been in contact with Kirilenko on free-agent discussions – some who had interest, some who didn't. Ultimately, people couldn't do anything but grudgingly congratulate owner Mikhail Prokhorov and general manager Billy King on a job well done. Yahoo! Sports

Several teams demanded an investigation, but the Heat never complained, league sources told Yahoo Sports. Part of the reason is that Miami owner Micky Arison has a strong relationship with King and respect for him, but mostly the Heat understand what it means to be a target in free-agency conspiracy accusations. Truth be told, too: Miami's an organization that craves the competition. Yahoo! Sports

October 11, 2013 Updates

Andrei Kirilenko has the unique ability to stuff the stat sheet in a variety of ways. Nets coach Jason Kidd was asked Thursday who AK-47 reminded him of in terms of skill set. “I mean, LeBron James,” Kidd said. “And I’m not putting AK in [LeBron's class in terms of talent], but when you talk about guys who fill up the stat sheet, that’s what he does and that’s what he’s always done. From rebounding to assists, points, steals, blocked shots, he’s done it all. That’s the kind of skill set he brings.” ESPN.com

October 7, 2013 Updates

Now he is a year wiser and stronger — “I make muscles,” he says — even if the wiry 6-6 combo guard still weighs the same starting a season when he no longer has fellow countryman Andrei Kirilenko by his side. “He’s my great man, my good friend and he really helps me,” said Shved, who says he still talks to Kirilenko every other day after his pal signed with Brooklyn last summer. “But he has his life and I have my life.” Minneapolis Star-Tribune

October 6, 2013 Updates

Andrei Kirilenko: “I gave 14 years to the [Russian] team, and now I feel that it’s time to step away. I have far too little time for my family. This year, when I wasn’t playing for the team anymore, I really got to know my kids well: I found out what they like, what they don’t like, what sports they most want to do. This might sound a little funny, but I don’t want to miss seeing my kids grow up because I’m playing basketball. I think I’ve done pretty well when it comes to the teams and my personal club career. I might have two, three or four more years left to play. After that, I physically won’t be able to keep playing at as high a level. As a professional, I want to play at the highest level. Of course, on the one hand this is a very hard decision, but, on the other hand, it’s very easy. But it feels good.” Russia Beyond The Headlines

October 1, 2013 Updates

Kirilenko has major value off the court as well—make that already has. He recently spent four days in Russia, where he ran into many new Nets fans because of his association with the team. He's also experienced the same hoopla so far in Brooklyn with the many Russians living there. As Kirilenko talked about why playing for the Nets was "a great opportunity," he also got excited about the prospects of generating basketball interest in rich Russian areas. "I think the Brooklyn Nets really became a home-based Russian team in Moscow, in Russia," he said. "All my friends, all the people around are asking a lot of questions about it. They said, 'We changed our priorities. We're going to cheer for Brooklyn right now.' It's a very good buzz. Bleacher Report

September 27, 2013 Updates

The NBA is on an international push and why not? Its players want to push their brand internationally, particularly in Asia, and each NBA team has a 1/30th share of NBA INternational. Yormark is not shy about the ultimate plan for the Nets, as the Nets CEO tells Bloomberg News. "We want to be the home NBA team in Beijing. We want to be the home NBA team in Moscow. So we have global aspirations and with the star power we have now, and especially when you speak to Russia with Andrei Kirilenko, we have the direct connect to those consumers and now we have to leverage it." NetsDaily

September 21, 2013 Updates

And Williams, who has remained friendly with Kirilenko since being traded from the Jazz in 2011, did his part to recruit his old running mate to Brooklyn. “Once I saw that he had opted out and free agency was kind of drying up,” Williams said, “I was like, ‘Man, just come play for us for one year, and you can make more next year [in free agency].’ “[Kirilenko] has made a lot of money in his career, so it wasn’t about money. He wants to come to a team where he gets to have fun and has a chance to win, and I think he’s going to have a chance to play here and we’re excited about that addition. That’s as big of an addition as [Pierce and Garnett], if you ask me. “ New York Post

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September 16, 2013 Updates

From Russia with … nothing shady. That was the finding of a “thorough” NBA investigation into the Nets’ summer signing of free agent forward Andrei Kirilenko, multiple league sources told The Post. The league, after getting complaints from at least one other team that suggested improper agreements, examined the signing and found nothing against the rules. New York Post

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