Wolves Acquire Kirilenko After Trading Wes Johnson
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NEW ORLEANS (AP) –The Minnesota Timberwolves announced Friday they’ve acquired forward Andrei Kirilenko, a 10-year NBA veteran who played with the Utah Jazz who most recently played professionally last year in Russia, in free agency.
The move follows a a three-team trade where the Timberwolves sent Wesley Johnson and two draft picks to the Phoenix Suns. The deal was finalized by the NBA on Friday. Robin Lopez and Hakim Warrick went from Phoenix to New Orleans in the trade.
Word of the multi-player trade first broke on Wednesday. Kirilenko signed a two-year contract, the details of which were not available.
Kirilenko, 31, has spent parts of 10 seasons in the NBA, all with the Jazz. In 681 career games, the Russia native holds averages of 12.4 points, 5.6 rebounds, 2.8 assists, 1.4 steals and 2.0 blocks in 30.8 minutes per game. In 45 career playoff games (36 starts), the 6-9 forward owns averages of 10.1 points, 4.2 rebounds, 2.1 assists, 1.2 steals and 1.9 blocks per game. Most recently Kirilenko averaged 11.7 points, 5.1 rebounds, 3.0 assists, 1.3 steals and 1.2 blocks in 31.2 minutes per game for Utah during the 2010-11 season.
Kirilenko was most recently the MVP and Defensive Player of the Year in the EuroLeague last season. He was also a teammate of Alexey Shved, who the Timberwolves signed earlier this week. They will both be playing on the Russian National Team in the Olympics, which get underway Friday.
Kirilenko says he’s eager to play for head coach Rick Adelman and that feels his game “fits in well with his style of play.”
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