Andrei Kirilenko remains in Russia playing for CSKA Moscow, but Ailene Voisin of the Sacramento Bee cites sources who indicate that Kirilenko would be interested in joining the Sacramento Kings, who are said to be among a handful of teams seriously in the mix for the one-time All-Star.
Kirilenko, 30, will be looking for a three-year deal worth $26.5 million, according to ESPN's Chad Ford. Ford also lists the Utah Jazz, Kirilenko's incumbent team, and the New Jersey Nets as being interested, but not at that price. The Nets remain in the Nene derby, which -- along with the Chris Paul trade saga -- seems to be holding up other league transactions.
Kirilenko remains a strong defender, though his long-range shooting is below-par for a small forward and just OK for a power forward. Were he to join the Kings, it'd be expected that he'd battle with John Salmons for the starting small forward spot.
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