Year-Round News & Updates on the Minnesota Timberwolves
When Andrei Kirilenko came to the Wolves a season ago I was ecstatic that the Wolves finally had a competent and talented small forward in their starting lineup. However, I was a little leery of the price tag he came at: $10million a year for two years, with the second year being a player option.
If Kirilenko accepts his player option, he'll make $10,219,420. He has until June 29th to either accept or decline that option. The only reason Andrei would decline the option is to seek a longer and likely less lucrative deal.
Like anyone who watched the Wolves this season, I would love to have Kirilenko back in a TWolves uniform in 2013-14, but I hope he declines that option and signs a 2-3 year deal in the $6-7million a year range.
That June 29 deadline comes two days after the 2013 NBA Draft and Kirilenko says he likely won't decide until that deadline day. That makes things hard for Flip Saunders if he's looking to make any trades on draft night.
Jerry Zgoda of the Star Tribune believes that Kirilenko will ultimately accept the player option for the guaranteed $10million-plus and then test free agency in the summer of 2014. I'd have to agree, though of course, I'm hoping he declines and comes back on a 2-3 year deal worth substantially less.
That's all for now, the NBA Draft is just six days away so stay with HOWL through this next week as we bring you all the stories, rumors & updates!
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