(NEW YORK) — According to a report from Yahoo! Sports, the Minnesota Timberwolves are on the verge of signing forward Andrei Kirilenko to a two-year deal worth $20 million.
This deal is expected to be finalized once the Timberwolves finalize a multi-team trade where Robin Lopez and Hakim Warrick will be traded to the New Orlenas Hornets; and Wesley Johnson and a draft pick to the Phoenix Suns. This would help create cap space in order to sign Kirlilenko.
The 31-year-old Kirilenko hasn’t played in the NBA since the 2010-2011 season. He spent all 10 years of his NBA career with the Utah Jazz. He played last season for CSKA Moscow, but once the season ended, he made it known he was ready to return to the NBA.
Over his 10-year career, Kirilenko averaged 12.4 points, 5.6 rebounds, and two blocks per game for Utah. His best season came during the 2003-2204 campaign when he averaged 16.5 points, 8.1 rebounds, and 2.8 blocks per game.
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