VILNIUS, LITHUANIA - SEPTEMBER 10: Andrei Kirilenko of Russia dunks the ball during the EuroBasket 2011 second round match between Greece and Russia at Siemens Arena on September 10, 2011 in Vilnius, Lithuania. (Photo by Christof Koepsel/Bongarts/Getty Images)
Chris Mannix reports that the Nets "are engaged in serious talks with free agent forward Andrei Kirilenko." Kirilkenko, the 6'9" combo forward, has long been linked to the Nets for the obvious reasons: he's Russian, he used to play for CSKA Moscow before he was drafted, he advised Mikhail Prokhorov on the Nets' purchase and he's played much of his career with Deron Williams.
With the pursuit of Dwight Howard on hold and the pursuit of "A" list targets over, the Nets are not moving on to those who they think have value. Kris Humphries is another target who the Nets have been in contact with since the end of the lockout. And Adrian Wojnarowski tweets that Shawne Williams is deciding between the Knicks and Nets.
But don't expect the Nets to give many, if any, of these players multi-year deals. Instead, they will be giving them jumbo one-year deals. Wojnarowski reported Wednesday morning the Nets may be willing to offer as much as $9 million.