Does AK decline that $10million-plus option? I doubt it, however it remains a possibility. Because Kirilenko has had such a solid year, he might decline the option and look for a longer deal that perhaps pays him $6-7million for the next three to four years. I don't expect him to decline the option, but I kind of hope he does. If he was to get that longer deal with the Wolves, that would open up cap space to ensure the Wolves could resign both Budinger & Pekovic.
We still haven't seen Ricky Rubio, Andrei Kirilenko, Kevin Love & Nikola Pekovic on the floor together for more than a few minutes this season. If Minnesota can keep that core together for the foreseeable future and add a guy like Courtney Lee or a slightly above 'true' shooting guard, this instantly becomes a playoff squad and one that could find themselves advancing past the first round in a highly-competitive Western Conference.
Regardless of whether he declines his option or accepts it, there's very little doubt in my mind that he'll be in a Timberwolves uniform come 2013-14.
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