Rand: Kirilenko explains his motives, sort of

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  • Updated: August 2, 2013 - 6:01 AM

Former Wolves forward Andrei Kirilenko did a conference call with Brooklyn Nets writers Thursday and attempted to explain how he opted out of a contract that would have paid him $10.2 million this year with the Wolves only to take a $3.1 million deal with the Nets.

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kmdoleAug. 2, 13 8:39 AM

AK was our best player many games last season. He is a true professional and a good man. I will miss his play and I wish him the best in Brooklyn.

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riely111Aug. 2, 13 8:41 AM

I wonder how much cash was or will be handed out under the table between the Nets owner and Kirilenko? There is no way any player will leave $7 million dollars on the table which make me believe when Adrei get home to Russia, there will be a bag of money waiting for him.

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sidhartmannAug. 2, 13 9:58 AM

Locals reported that mama Kirilenko was spotted driving a new Yugo down main street in Borsk.

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dlzabzAug. 2, 1311:47 AM

AK47, the newest Nets Assistant Coach making $7mil a year.

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nessmessAug. 3, 13 5:51 PM

Word is... Pek's agent wants OVER $13 MILLION per year (+++ incentives on top of that salary)...... This is the hold up!!! I have to ask, is he worth it?? or should we work out a trade for a player like Gasol in LA???

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ls123Aug. 4, 13 2:02 PM

13 mil for Pek is overpay. Worth < 10 mil.

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johnmcclaneAug. 6, 13 7:56 AM

It does seem odd that AK would turn down 3 years and 21 million guaranteed to go to New Jersey. It was only a year ago that he made public statements that he wanted to be in Minnesota for the long term because of his children and ice hockey. By the way, that 3 million the Nets will pay AK will actually cost them about 10 million when you factor in the luxury taxes. These luxury taxes will be dispersed among the non tax paying teams. Ergo, the Nets will actually be sending cash to the Wolves.

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