Often times, teams are more than willing to help a former player work out a sign and trade deal with an opposing team as it’s better to get some type of asset(s) than to leave empty handed.
That’s not a philosophy the Minnesota Timberwolves are employing when it comes to a sign and trade deal with Andrei Kirilenko – at least not right now.
Reports surfaced last night that the San Antonio Spurs had contacted the Wolves in an attempt to sign and trade for the Russian born small forward, who they’ve hand a long standing interest in. Unable to sign him outright, the Spurs were hopeful they could engage the T’Wolves in a deal but they apparently had no interest in helping the Spurs get better or assisting a Western Conference rival.
Per Yahoo Sports:
The Spurs seriously considered a multiyear offer for Kirilenko, but Minnesota general manager Flip Saunders has shown little, if any, inclination to assist him in securing a significant financial contract elsewhere, sources said.