This is Mikhail Prokhorov's day. After saying the "basketball gods had smiled on the Nets" and that he expects the Nets to be "dazzling" with Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett. he got to announce that Andrei Kirilenko, his countryman and friend, will be a Net.
AK is signed. Prokhorov: "I am especially proud that the best Russian player in the history of the NBA will be wearing a Nets jersey."— John Schuhmann (@johnschuhmann) July 12, 2013
As reported, Kirilenko agreed to a two-year, $6.5 million deal with the second year a player option. Kirilenko had told a Russian sports writer Friday that he was "98 percent certain" he'd be a Brooklyn Net. By the evening, it rose to 100 percent.
Prokhorov did not comment on reports that some owners and GM's had expressed suspicions that the deal was not arm's length, that the 6'9" forward had opted out of a $10 million deal with Minnesota to sign for a third of that in Brooklyn.
Kirilenko will be introduced along with Paul Pierce, Kevin Garnett, Jason Terry at next Thursday's press conference which will take place at Barclays Center, starting at noon.
- Nets Sign Andrei Kirilenko - Brooklyn Nets
- Brooklyn Nets Owner Prokhorov Thrilled to Get Fellow Russian - RIA Novosti
Kirilenko, KG Help Nets Take Key Defensive Step Forward - John Schuhmann - NBA.com