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Friday, May 25, 2018

Andrei Kirilenko to sign with Brooklyn Nets for mini mid-level exception

Andrei Kirilenko

The Brooklyn Nets already beefed up their roster by making a big trade with the Boston Celtics, and they are not done making moves.

According to NBA reporter Peter Vecsey, the Nets have agreed to sign Andrei Kirilenko for the mini mid-level exception, which is $3.1 million.

The Nets are getting a darn good defensive player for very little money. AK47 was set to earn $10.2 million this season with the Minnesota Timberwolves, but he opted out of the deal in search of a bigger contract. Minnesota GM Flip Saunders was not accommodating when it came to dealing Kirilenko in potential sign-and-trades to San Antonio or Oklahoma City, so the Russian forward ended up with Brooklyn on a discounted deal.

Kirilenko, 32, probably thought he could get one last multi-year contract and guessed wrong. He will add depth to the Nets, who already have Deron Williams, Joe Johnson, Paul Pierce, Kevin Garnett and Brook Lopez.

Because of the luxury tax, the Nets could end up paying around $15 million just to sign AK47.

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