European Basketball great Andrei Kirilenko (209 cm) will remain in the NBA next season after agreeing a deal with the Brooklyn Nets. The Russian forward will leave the Minnesota Timberwolves after one season with the franchise and move to the Nets on a deal worth $3.1 million per year. Last season he played 64 games with the Wolves and averaged 12.4 points, 5.7 rebounds, and 2.8 assists per game in the NBA.
Andrei Kirilenko is of course one of the best European players of this or any generation and has been one of the most consistent Europeans in the NBA over the last decade. “AK47” became an American citizen in 2011 but still played for the Russian national team until his international retirement in February.
Drafted in 1999, the 32-year old became a mainstay of the Utah Jazz starting five until he left the franchise in 2011. After a season with CSKA Moscow he returned to the NBA with the Timberwolves, and will now add at least another year to his impressive career with the Brooklyn Nets.