David Aldridge of NBA.com is reporting that Andrei Kirilenko will pick up the second year of his 2-year, $6.5 million contract and stay with the Nets for the 2014-15 NBA season. He will make $3.3 million next season, per his contract.
Andrei Kirilenko opts in with Brooklyn for next season at $3.3M, per source. Second year of two-year deal worth $6.5M.— David Aldridge (@daldridgetnt) June 23, 2014
Multiple Nets writers have confirmed Aldridge's report.
Can confirm the report from @daldridgetnt that Andrei Kirilenko is opting in to the second year of his contract with the #Nets.— Tim Bontemps (@TimBontemps) June 23, 2014
League source confirms Andrei Kirilenko has opted into the second year of his two-year, $6.5 million deal. #Nets— Rod Boone (@rodboone) June 23, 2014
NetsDaily was told by a league source earlier last week that Kirilenko was leaning toward opting in, with the Nets looking to make him more of a priority in the system next season and looking to give him more playing time.
The Nets are also optimistic, per a report, that Kevin Garnett will return for the final year of his contract next season. With Kirilenko and Garnett returning and Andray Blatche opting out, the Nets have 10 players under contract for next season, with a payroll of $89.2 million. That doesn't include Paul Pierce, Shaun Livingston and Alan Anderson. Pierce and Livingston are unrestricted free agents. Anderson has a player option that he must act on by next weekend.
- Kirilenko opts in with Nets: source - Tim Bontemps - New York Post
- Andrei Kirilenko opts in - Rod Boone - Newsday
- Kirilenko opts in, will remain with Nets - Mike Mazzeo - ESPN New York
Nets: Andrei Kirilenko staying in Brooklyn - Andy Vasquez - The Record
- Andrei Kirilenko opts in to final year of contract with Nets - Dan Feldman - NBC Sports
- Report: Kirilenko opts in to contract - Benny Nadeau - The Brooklyn Game