Rumor: Andrei Kirilenko returns to ‘Motherland’ Nets?
Source confirms that Andrei Kirilenko is on his way to leave CSKA Moscow and join New Jersey Nets where he will sign a multi-year deal.
HoopsVibe’s Very Quick Call: He’s back from the motherland. And will play for the NBA’s version of the motherland.
Word is the New Jersey Nets, who are owned by Russia’s richest man and presidential candidate Mikhail Prokhorov, have signed Andrei Kirilenko, Russia’s best basketball player, to a multi-year contract.
This is hardly a surprise. During the lockout, Kirilenko played for CSKA Moscow, a Russian club side owned by (surprise, surprise) Prokhorov.
Here’s the question: how much?
As in how much cap space did the Nets use. Remember, the soon-to-be Brooklyn franchise must save cap space to trade for Orlando Magic post Dwight Howard, which may also mean taking the remaining years of Hedo Turkoglu’s toxic pact.
So today the Nets are better after signing Kirilenko. However, it’s the next move everyone is watching.
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