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Andrei Kirilenko | Forward

Team: Brooklyn Nets
Age / DOB:  (33) / 2/18/1981
Ht / Wt:  6'9' / 235
College: None
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Andrei Kirilenko said he doesn't care if he starts, but that he expects his minutes to be more consistent under new coach Lionel Hollins.
The Nets will need him to play a lot more than he did last year for their thin frontcourt, but as usual his health will dictate how much burn he can get. It should be noted that things between Kirilenko and outgoing coach Jason Kidd didn't appear to be peachy last season, which is probably what AK is getting at when referencing Hollins. Sep 15 - 9:39 PM

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Andrei Kirilenko's home in Salt Lake City, Utah was burglarized over the weekend.

He played with the Jazz for 10 years and his wife had previously called Salt Lake City "the safest place on Earth." Kirilenko will be back with the Nets next season and will play as many minutes as his body allows, which isn't much.
Sep 12 - 10:15 AM

Andrei Kirilenko revealed during a recent interview that he donated most of his 2011-12 salary to a Moscow Orphanage.

Kirilenko played for CSKA Moscow that season and earned an estimated four million euros (roughly $5 million dollars after taxes). "Most of [my salary] went into Moscow orphanage number 59 – we repaired it, and built a basketball court there. Also, we have bought gear for teams participating in School Basket. We have repaired gyms in many schools." It's possible Kirilenko steps into a larger role with the Nets this season with the departure of Paul Pierce, and he looks like a late-round flier in deeper leagues.
Aug 17 - 1:23 PM

Andrei Kirilenko stated in a recent interview that the Nets goal for next season is to win a championship.

"We intend to seriously compete for the title," said Kirilenko. He also took a subtle jab at Jason Kidd stating: "When Kidd led the team, no one knew what to expect from him. It is clear that he had huge experience as a player, but there was no coaching experience. No one knows how we will sparkle with Lionel. Maybe it's better. Maybe worse. But we do know one thing - Hollins, unlike Kidd, has vast experience of coaching. And he perfectly represents what we need to do and how to build a team game."
Jul 20 - 11:41 AM

Andrei Kirilenko has officially opted in to the second year of his two-year deal with Brooklyn.

The deal is worth $3.3 million, and Kirilenko will remain stateside for the 2014-15 season. Kirilenko averaged career-lows across the board last season with just 5.0 points, 3.2 rebounds, 0.9 steals, and 0.4 blocks. He also only managed to get through 45 games as he dealt with various injuries throughout the year. In terms of fantasy, Kirilenko is far too risky to be considered a viable option.
Jun 23 - 7:02 PM

Andrei Kirilenko is likely to opt in to the second year of his player contract, according to Nets Daily.

The Nets gave him a mini mid-level exception last year and he has a player option worth $3.3 million. Kirilenko is still getting offers overseas and could wind up opting out. The Nets didn't get what they bargained for with AK-47 only playing in 45 games at 19.0 minutes per outing, so hopefully it works out better in 2014-15.
Jun 20 - 9:58 AM

Andrei Kirilenko has not ruled out playing overseas next season.

Kirilenko still has a $3M player option with the Nets, so barring a trade it is up to him whether he remains in Brooklyn. During the 2011-2012 lockout-shortened season he played in his native Russia with CSKA Mowscow, but returned to the NBA the following year. In only 45 games played all season, he averaged career-lows with 5.0 points and 3.2 rebounds in 19.0 minutes of action.
May 29 - 2:23 PM

Andrei Kirilenko played 20 minutes and had four points, three rebounds, one assist and four steals on 2-of-3 shooting in Tuesday's Game 2 loss.

He didn't even get off the bench in Game 1, so tonight's performance was clearly an improvement. Mason Plumlee also came off the bench for four points, six rebounds, two steals and two blocks in the loss.
Apr 22 - 10:34 PM

Andrei Kirilenko said that he was "a little bit surprised" about his DNP-CD in Game 1 on Saturday, but he supported coach Jason Kidd's rotation.

"When I watched the game everybody played so well," Kirilenko said. "I didn’t even see a position for me to fill-in ... Coach, I think, made the right decision. I want to play, but it’s all right." Alan Anderson poached Kirilenko's playing time but Kidd said his rotations could change on a game-by-game basis, so AK may return to action in Game 2.
Apr 21 - 9:04 AM

Andrei Kirilenko didn't play for the Nets in Saturday's Game 1 win, but isn't injured.

He's just out of the rotation, according to coach Jason Kidd. If you grabbed AK-47 in a playoff league and have waiver moves available, dropping him for an Atlanta Hawk makes sense.
Apr 19 - 10:02 PM

Andrei Kirilenko never left the Nets' bench during Saturday's Game 1 victory.

Jason Kidd used a true 10-man rotation with Marcus Thornton, Alan Anderson, Mirza Teletovic, Mason Plumlee and Andray Blatche as his second unit. That makes Kirilenko's absence even more conspicuous, and he'd averaged 26 minutes over the final five games of the regular season with Brooklyn resting regular starters for the playoffs. The Nets won on the road on Saturday so there's a good chance AK will be rooted to the bench again on Tuesday.
Apr 19 - 5:04 PM

Andrei Kirilenko will start vs. the Hawks on Friday.

He's not exactly a minutes monster and coach Jason Kidd probably shouldn't give him much playing time as a precautionary measure. With Shaun Livingston (toe) and Alan Anderson (abdominal) out, Marcus Thornton is probably the big winner of all these inactives on the wing.
Apr 11 - 6:51 PM

Andrei Kirilenko did not score his return from an ankle injury on Friday, adding three boards, four assists, two steals and one block in 19 minutes.

He was a solid contributor and the Nets' second unit gets a lot of help with a guy like AK-47. Obviously, Kirilenko's fantasy value is nothing more than a plug-and-play guy. At least he didn't get hurt tonight after missing the last five games.
Apr 5 - 12:24 AM

Andrei Kirilenko (ankle) will play in Friday's game against the Pistons.

It will be Kirilenko's first game since March 23. Look for a bit role of 12-17 minutes off the bench.
Apr 4 - 10:21 AM

Andrei Kirilenko (sprained left ankle) is "likely to return" vs. the Pistons on Friday, according to Nets GM Billy King.

The Nets' priority is having Kirilenko health and in shape for the playoffs, so in all likelihood they'll ease him into the rotation with a small role off the bench. He's averaging just 5.2 points and 3.2 rebounds in 18 minutes per game this season.
Apr 3 - 9:48 AM

Depth Charts

All Positions
PG1Deron Williams
2Marquis Teague
3Jorge Gutierrez
SG1Jarrett Jack
2Markel Brown
3Xavier Thames
SF1Joe Johnson
2Andrei Kirilenko
3Alan Anderson
4Sergey Karasev
5Bojan Bogdanovic
PF1Kevin Garnett
2Mirza Teletovic
3Cory Jefferson
C1Brook Lopez
2Mason Plumlee