Signing Andrei Kirilenko Shows Power Of Brooklyn Nets

By Mike B. Ruiz
Jesse Johnson-USA Today Sports

Brooklyn NetsBojan Bogdanovic contract talks taking a complete U-turn and falling through at the last minute?

Pretty big shock.

Andrei Kirilenko then agreeing to take a monstrous paycut in order to fill what would have been Bogdanovic’s spot in the rotation?

Seismic wave.

Things like this never seem to happen in the NBA, let alone in any league. Somehow, the Nets missed out on what they figured would be a great talent, and instead have landed a proven veteran.

A proven veteran who is willing to take an almost $7 million dip in salary so that he may chase down his first ring. Brooklyn’s starting lineup already appeared to be the deepest in the league after trading for Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce, but the puzzle still looked just a smidge incomplete without one more perimeter scorer coming off the bench.

Kirilenko will undoubtedly complete that puzzle. He averaged 12.4 points per game last season with the Minnesota Timberwolves while shooting 50.7 percent from the field. He brings a solid jump shot to the table, as well as the ability to present matchup problems with his 6-foot-9 frame at the small forward position.

General manager Billy King and Nets’ ownership deserve mountains of respect for what they’ve accomplished this offseason. Whether it be that blockbuster trade or free agency, they’ve been absolutely relentless.

Owner Mikhail Prokhorov isn’t worried about next year’s luxury tax being as large as the Empire State Building. He knows exactly what made George Steinbrenner (may his soul rest in peace) such a star in New York City, and he’s trying to get there by using the same formula.

From Bogdanovic-induced disappointment to Kirilenko-related elation, the Nets have pulled off the seemingly impossible yet again.

Mike B. Ruiz is a Brooklyn Nets writer for Follow him on Twitter @mikebruiz and “Like” him on Facebook.

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