Brooklyn Nets: Andrei Kirilenko Took a $7 Million Pay Cut, Why?

By Ryan Heckman


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This summer has been chock full of some interesting story lines in the NBA Free Agency market. One of the most curious has been the situation with forward Andrei Kirilenko.

Kirilenko signed a two year contract with the Minnesota Timberwolves last year with this year including a player option. However, he was set to make $10 million in 2013. So, what does he do this summer?

Of course, he opts out.

Not only does he opt out, but he signs with the Brooklyn Nets for roughly $7 million less than what he was originally scheduled to make with Minnesota.

Doesn’t this seem a bit odd? Why would he all the sudden be concerned about winning, if that is truly the reason he made the decision? It’s not like anyone goes to Minnesota to have better chances at winning a title, but he did just that last season.

So, now he’s concerned with winning? I mean, sure it may be enticing to join Deron Williams, Paul Pierce, Joe Johnson, Kevin Garnett and Brook Lopez. But to take a $7 million pay cut seems flat out crazy.

I would love to speculate about a possible ‘situation’ in Minnesota between Kirilenko and the team, but there has been nothing of the sort that has come about to the public just yet.

Hey, maybe he truly just wanted to win at this point in his career. The Nets are a great choice this year if you’re thinking you want to win a title, because it very well could happen.

In the end, I commend Kirilenko for wanting to win if that is the reason behind his choices this summer. But, I still can’t help but wonder if there was something that happened in Minnesota to make him want to give up so much cash.

Ryan Heckman is a Senior NBA Writer for Follow him on Twitter  @ryanmheckman, “Like” him on Facebook or add him to your network on Google.

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