NBA Clears Nets In Probe After Andrei Kirilenko Signing
Summary of 2 articles · Updated Sep 17, 2013
The Brooklyn Nets' mid-July signing of Andrei Kirilenko raised quite a few eyebrows for a couple of reasons. The Brooklyn Nets were investigated by the NBA after surreptitiously agreeing on a deal with Russian free agent Andrei Kirilenko in July. Kirilenko signed with the Nets for $3.1 million this year, with a player option for around $3.3 million in 2014-15, using the Nets’ mini-midlevel exception. As it turns out, there was a probe, according to Fred Kerber of the New York Post ... and it turned up nothing: Kirilenko inked a deal for substantially less than he would have made if he’d opted-in on the final year of his deal with the Timberwolves, and his surface connection with Brooklyn’s Russian owner, Mikhail Prokhorov, had many league executives whispering about underhanded dealings. Then, though, came the jaw-dropping realization that Brooklyn had somehow managed to land the versatile 32-year-old veteran, who turned down a $10 million player option in Minnesota, for the bargain-basement price of the $3.18 million taxpayer's midlevel exception.