Mar 5, 2014; Brooklyn, NY, USA; Brooklyn Nets small forward Andrei Kirilenko (47) saves a ball from going out of bounds during the first quarter of a game against the Memphis Grizzlies at Barclays Center. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

NBA Rumors: Andrei Kirilenko opts in with Brooklyn Nets

The Brooklyn Nets failed to cash in on their one season of potential glory and they’re now reeling as they enter an offseason in which a lot of money is going to need to be spent to keep players around.

Not all of the decisions are in the hands of the Nets though as forward Andrei Kirilenko has a player option for next year that he can choose to exercise and cash in on a nice chunk of change in the process. He may get a decent deal in free agency, but he has opted to stay with Brooklyn for at least another season.

This isn’t a bad thing though for the Nets, as they needed to get solid production out of Kirilenko this season and struggled without him in the lineup. Having him back for a full season might turn things around for the Nets and while his price tag is a bit stiff, he may end up proving to be worth it at the end of the season.

Of course, the Nets can still trade Kirilenko this offseason or before the deadline but they will likely hang onto him and see if he can earn his $3.3 million contract for this upcoming 2014-15 season.

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