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Nets reach agreement with Kirilenko

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The Brooklyn Nets agreed to terms with free-agent forward Andre Kirilenko on a two-year contract, according to multiple reports Thursday.

Kirilenko, 32, opted out of a two-year contract worth $10.2 million next season with the Minnesota Timberwolves to test the free-agent market. He will make far less at $3.1 million with a player option in the second year of the contract with the Nets, who will use a taxpayer mid-level exception to make room on their roster.

The Russian returned to the NBA this past season after spending a year playing in his native country. Nets owner Mikhail Prokhorov is familiar with Kirilenko, who played for the CSKA Moscow team from 1998 to 2001 when Prokhorov was its owner.

The Nets had sought free-agent Kyle Korver, who signed instead with the Atlanta Hawks, and settled on Kirilenko. He likely will come off the bench behind forwards Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett.

Kirilenko was a member of the Utah Jazz for 10 years. Last season, he averaged 12.4 points for the Timberwolves.

The Nets also officially re-signed Andray Blatche and signed Shaun Livingston on Thursday.
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