Why the need for an investigation? Well, see, the Russian born Kirilenko had a $10 million dollar option for this season with the Minnesota Timberwolves, an option the Wolves were more than happy to allow Kirilenko to exercise.
Only problem? Kirilenko declined the option, making himself a free agent where he signed a two year, $6 million dollar deal with the Brooklyn Nets (the second year is a player option), owned by Russian billionare Mikhail Prokhorov.
So considering Kirilenklo left a large sum of money on the table (the same Kirilenko who left the NBA for Russia because he couldn’t secure a contract he deemed worthy of his skills) to play for his friend Prokhorov, some thought there may have been some shenanigans going on.
But according to the NBA, they found no evidence of such.
Per the New York Post:
From Russia with … nothing shady.
That was the finding of a “thorough” NBA investigation into the Nets’ summer signing of free agent forward Andrei Kirilenko, multiple league sources told The Post. The league, after getting complaints from at least one other team that suggested improper agreements, examined the signing and found nothing against the rules.
“When there is a formal complaint, the league will look into it,” said one league official who spoke in generalities and refused comment on the Kirilenko issue.
The league launched its investigation, questioning participants. Nets officials were summoned — at one point on a weekend, usually a time off in the summer for league execs.
“It was a very, very thorough investigation,” one source maintained. “They checked everything.”