Nets and Andre Kirilenko agree to deal

The Brooklyn Nets and forward Andre Kirelenko have agreed to terms on a two-year deal.

The contract has a player option for the second year, says ESPN. The Nets are using their mini mid-level exception for this deal. Kirilenko, who opted out of the final year of a two-year, $20 million contract with the Minnesota Timberwolves, the last year was worth $10 million, and will make $3.1 million in his first year with the Nets.

The appeal of playing for a clear contender was probably a big part of Kirilenko’s decision to take substantially less money. He and Paul Pierce fill a similar role, as CBS Sports’ Matt Moore points out. Kirilenko, 32, is a few years younger than Pierce, 35, and might be able to help the Nets more than Pierce at this point in Pierce’s career.

However, with all the moves the Nets have made this summer, getting Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce from Boston and now Kirilenko, they have great depth and can throw a lot of different looks at their opponents. Brook Lopez could play center and Garnett and Kirilenko could be the forwards. But you could just as likely see Garnett at the five and Kirilenko at the 4.

It will be interesting to see, between Pierce and Kirilenko, who gets more starts and ultimately more minutes. Either way, with the depth and talent Brooklyn will be putting on the court this season, they will be a very tough team to beat.

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