Apr 15, 2013; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Minnesota Timberwolves small forward Andrei Kirilenko (47) dunks against the Utah Jazz in the first quarter at Target Center. Mandatory Credit: Greg Smith-USA TODAY Sports

NBA Free Agency 2013: San Antonio Spurs No Longer Want Andrei Kirilenko?

The Minnesota Timberwolves moved on from free agent  Andrei Kirilenko this NBA free agency period after signing guard Kevin Martin because the team simply could not afford to keep him around.

The San Antonio Spurs, fresh off a loss to the Miami Heat in the NBA Finals and looking to reload, were thought to be a very likely destination for Kirilenko.

That no longer appears to be the case. Rotoworld has the list of reasons, and they make for a pretty good argument against Kirilenko joining the Spurs:

After reaching contract agreements with Marco Belinelli and Jeff Pendergraph, the Spurs have at least 13 players under guaranteed contracts (14 if they retain RFA Gary Neal). They’d also need to convince Kirilenko that he’ll get enough playing time with Kawhi Leonard, Danny Green, Manu Ginobili and Belinelli on the wings, and AK is seeking a multi-year investment the Spurs likely won’t make.

Kirilenko is now 32 years of age and may have a hard time finding a new home with the draft and most of free agency already concluded as far as big names go.

The Spurs have reloaded in a sufficient manner and likely don’t have room for Kirilenko as the report points out. Kirilenko will find a home at some point, but it won’t be with the popular choice in San Antonio.


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  • cwebb4

    the spurs have to get kirilenko, it just makes too much sense. i have no idea why you say players like green and ginobili, belineli make the wing minutes tough for ak47- he’d clearly start and get the bulk of his minutes at pf, he would be their 3rd best player and would work beautifully on the spurs. giving duncan the first skilled bigman he’d seen since robinson!!! the spurs have always put trash alongside duncan in the front court, putting a hugely skilled kirilenko in that system with duncan would be a nightmare for every other nba team. theyve always avoided the obvious signing where bigmen are concerned(9 mill per for splitter are you fu@king kidding me?!?!?!?) kirilenko brings an elite shotblocker and on ball defender at the 3/4, an elite passing bigman who can score from anywhere and do everything(in moderation). the spurs wouldnt even have a close series enroute to the title. perfect signing….