Former NBA All-Star and current Nets target Andrei Kirilenko has decided to play at least one more season in Russia for CSKA Moscow, ending the possibility that he would play for Brooklyn next season.
Kirilenko, who had been personally courted by Nets owner and fellow Russian national Mikhail Prokhorov, has been connected to the Nets ever since the team was sold. It seemed far more likely that the man known as AK-47 would join the team prior to his season overseas, but his immense success with Moscow probably led him to reconsider returning to the NBA.
In Utah, Kirilenko had fallen out of favor with the coaching staff, and it seemed as if his playing days were done. However, his sudden resurgence in Moscow put him back on the radar, as he won both the Euroleague MVP and the Russian league championship last season.
AK would have been a nice addition to the team, but he would have been too expensive for the Nets to afford right now. His age and the injury risk that comes with Kirilenko add even more complications to a potential deal, and, in reality, he is better off with Moscow.