Early on, I was terrified by the thought Andrei Kirilenko would opt-out of his contract and the only remaining year with the Wolves in the name of multi-year security. It made sense, but it was painful to think of the glue that held the scraps of last season’s squad together being allowed to walk. It was ridiculous to see him wind up signing for so little. The knuckleheads have been on alert.
Some guy at some Nets site has some remarks on AK47 opting out, finding little-to-no interest in his services, and ending up with the Russian expat team.
Bill Simmons takes his shot at the Nets by highlighting the bargain basement acquisition of Andrei Kirilenko and suggesting alternative rationales for the Russian star to give up $10 million from the Timberwolves for $3 million from the Nets … and Mikhail Prokhorov.
“The scariest moment of the offseason: Andrei Kirilenko opting out of $10.2 million guaranteed for one more Minnesota season so he could sign with Brooklyn for $6.2 million over two years. Some NBA peeps are convinced that AK47 either (a) got paid under the table by Russian comrade Mikhail Prokhorov, (b) got charmed by the overwhelmingly charming Irina Pavlova into signing a bad deal, (c) secretly hired the agent Monta Ellis fired, or (d) made the decision while being dangled upside down from a Moscow helicopter at 10,000 feet.”
Simmons later concludes after considering all the possibilities, “I think they dangled him upside down from a helicopter.”
But what about his thing with Irina. As any long time reader of NetsDaily knows, she has been very helpful to Nets fans and once posted comments on this very site. So we asked for her reaction. Here it is…as always, she is gracious, certainly more gracious than we would be.
“Very nice of him… Obviously (b) is the only reasonable answer and therefore must be correct,” the president of ONEXIM Sports and Entertainment emailed us. “I’m gonna a have a hard time arguing with Bill over anything after this.. :-)”