Woj: AK-47 Heading For Minnesota

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)

Andrei Kirilenko is as much of a phantom for the Nets as Carmelo Anthony and Dwight Howard. They keep pursuing him and like the others, he keeps slipping away.

They tried for him at the deadline in 2011 after losing out on Melo (those talks turned to Deron Williams). Then, as the lockout ended, they talked to his agent (but Brook Lopez went down and they traded for Mehmet Okur and he headed to Russia). Now this week, they tried a third time but again, he's just out of reach, reportedly headed for MInnesota.

And this doesn't even count Mikhail Prokhorov's attempt, as owner of CSKA, to pry him away from Utah in 2007!

Adrian Wojnarowski tweets, "Several league executives believe Minnesota is pursuing free agent Andrei Kirilenko. He's no longer considering Brooklyn, sources say." The Timberwolves, having cleared space by facilitating the Suns' trade of Robin Lopez to the Hornets, are likely to sign the Russian star and Euroleague MVP to a two-year deal worth an average of $10 million per. There's always next year.

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