Apr 13, 2013; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Minnesota Timberwolves small forward Andrei Kirilenko (47) reacts after a call during the third quarter against the Phoenix Suns at the Target Center. Timberwolves won 105-93. Mandatory Credit: Greg Smith-USA TODAY Sports

Andrei Kirilenko Opts Out of Contract With Minnesota Timberwolves


Andrei Kirilenko, better known by his alias AK-47 has decided to opt out of his contract with the Minnesota Timberwolves, this according to Jerry Zgoda of the Minneapolis Star Tribune.

Per Zgoda:

Kirilenko had until today to make up his mind on an option year for next season and he went down to the final day before deciding from the south of France.

The Wolves still could re-sign their starting small forward from last season.

Kirilenko is seeking a three- or four-year extension because he believes this might be the last chance to negotiate the last big contract of his career.

You can bet Flip Saunders won’t offer anything more than two years, and at a salary considerably less than $10 million.

Kirilenko’s decision now gives the Wolves the option to use that money to pursue a starting small forward or shooting guard — Dallas unrestrictred free agent O.J. Mayo is a likely target — through free agency or a trade.

The contract would have paid Kirilenko just over $10 million dollars for the 2013-14 season.

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