Even though the Brooklyn Nets will have an astronomically high payroll this season, they will also have two of the best bargains in the NBA, according to Hoopsworld. Andrei Kirilenko and Andray Blatche will lead Brooklyn’s bench, which is surprisingly strong considering how many star players the Nets will start next season.
SF Kirilenko: 31:46 MIN, 12.4 PTS, 5.7 REB, 2.8 AST, 1.5 STL, 1.0 BLK
Kirilenko was offered $10 million to play for the Minnesota Timberwolves next season, but instead decided to sign with the Nets for $3 million and only a 2 year contract (Minnesota was offering him 3 years). Kirilenko’s contract is so friendly to the Nets that one NBA owner asked the league to investigate the deal. Kirilenko will earn about one third of the amount of money Gerald Wallace, the player Kirilenko is replacing, will earn next season. He will also earn less than Mirza Teletovic, who will probably play infrequently off Brooklyn’s bench next season.
PF Blatche: 18:57 MIN, 10.3 PTS, 5.1 REB, 1.0 AST, 1.0 STL, 0.7 BLK
As many Nets fans remember, Blatche was signed by the Nets last offseason after being amnestied by the Washington Wizards. As a result, the Wizards continue to pay Blatche his remaining salary left on his contract with Washington. Blatche then signed a veteran’s minimum contract with the Nets last season and will only earn 20% more from Brooklyn next season. Blatche is very cheap and productive for the Nets and can play power forward and center. Andrey and Andrei should be a dangerous duo next season off the bench.