Team Prokhorov


The Nets on Friday completed their biggest trade since picking up Jason Kidd for Stephon Marbury in 2001, acquiring Kevin Garnett, Paul Pierce and Jason Terry for draft picks and five players, none of whom averaged 10 points a game last season.

"Whispers" about Kirilenko's decision

Are there "whispers" from other teams that apparently think Andrei Kirilenko and Mikhail Prokhorov have some side deal? It's unlikely to affect the AK-47 signing.

The Russian Connection: How big a factor?

There's no doubt that Andrei Kirilenko and Mikhail Prokhorov have a connection. Kirilenko has called Prokhorov "someone I know very well." The two have supported each other's charities and Kirilenko endorsed Prokhorov's bid for the Russian presidency


Mikhail Prokhorov has his first Russian player. Peter Vecsey reports that the Nets have signed Andrei Kirlenko to the mini-MLE, a two year deal with the second year a team option.

Prokhorov to pay $80 million in luxury tax

The numbers out Tuesday night confirm what's been expected for weeks: that the Nets spending spree will cost Mikhail Prokhorov heavily in luxury taxes ... about $80 million.

Mayor's arrest a warning to Prokhorov?

The mayor of Yaroslavl, outside Moscow, was arrested Wednesday on bribery charges, just days before he was to join Mikhail Prokhorov at a rally in support of the Net owner's political party. It's being called "a clear challenge" to Prokhorov himself.

Is Frank highest paid NBA assistant ever?

Ian O'Connor reports that Lawrence Frank is the highest assistant coach in the NBA and one source tells him the former head coach of the Nets and Pistons may the highest paid assistant ever.

Meet the NBA's Russian Revolutionary

Blogger Bethlehem Shoals writes in GQ about how Mikhail Prokhorov has changed the post-lockout dynamic of the NBA with his free spending - $180 million plus in salaries and luxury taxes this year, that he is the radical defying the cartel.

Nets luxury tax bill to top $80 million

The Brooklyn Nets will set records in paying luxury taxes the next few years, records so staggering, so astronomical that they will dwarf what teams have paid in the past.

AK-47 calls Nets possibility "minimal"

In an interview with Sport-Express in Moscow -- translated by Rush'n Hoops -- Andrei Kirilenko talks about his free agency, and specifically was asked about his chances for playing for the Nets. He called them "minimal."

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