The Minnesota Timberwolves have taken a pretty hard stance against Andrei Kirilenko, currently refusing to move the talented small forward in a sign and trade scenario. There’s been no reason as to why, but, some have hinted the Wolves felt a bit disrespected by AK-47′s decision to opt out of his contract.
Kirilenko had hopes of playing for the San Antonio Spurs, who were reportedly set to offer the Russian born player a multi-year deal, but Minnesota refused to talk about a trade all but squashing that idea. The Oklahoma City Thunder attempted to trade for him as well, but Minnesota wouldn’t listen.
The Brooklyn Nets have also had interest in the unrestricted free agent, but can’t offer anything more than the veterans minimum, something Kirilenko is unlikely to take.
Stefan Bondy says talks between the two sides are non-existent:
There’s nothing happening with Kirilenko and the Nets, according to a source.
What’s next for Kirilenko is unknown. Hoping to secure a long term deal, he’s running out of options as teams are filling up their books and starting small forward spots are evaporating by the day. It’s possible he could return to Russia, which he has done before, but doing so would severely hamper the idea of a long term NBA deal down the road.