PHOENIX - OCTOBER 12: Andrei Kirilenko #47 of the Utah Jazz drives the ball past Earl Clark #55 of the Phoenix Suns during the preseason NBA game at US Airways Center on October 12, 2010 in Phoenix, Arizona. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
The Minnesota Timberwolves are finalizing a two-year contract with Andrei Kirilenko, according to a report.
Having missed out on Portland Trail Blazers free agent Nicolas Batum, the Minnesota Timberwolves moved on to a surprising second choice. The Timberwolves are close to signing former Utah Jazz forward Andrei Kirilenko to a two-year, $20 million contract, according to Yahoo! Sports' Adrian Wojnarowski. The second year is a player option.
Kirilenko last played in the NBA during the 2010-11 season. Last year, he starred for Russian power CSKA Moscow, and he exercised his buyout to return to the NBA. He will likely play at small forward for the Timberwolves next year, though he could also slide inside to be a power forward in some lineups.
The Timberwolves cleared away enough cap space to sign Kirilenko when they traded Wes Johnson and a first-round pick to the Phoenix Suns in a three-team deal. Johnson had been a disappointment since being picked with the No. 4 selection in the 2010 NBA Draft.