RUTHERFORD, N.J. — Andrei Kirilenko, the 6’9″ forward that left the team indefinitely for “personal reasons” involving a private family matter regarding his wife on November 21st, returned to practice Monday.
“This is one of those situations that requires a lot of my time home, which — we reached an agreement with the Nets that sometimes I’m going to be absent, helping my wife,” Kirilenko said Monday afternoon.
The departure from the team coincided with Kirilenko falling out of Lionel Hollins’s rotation. He has not played since November 13th, eight days before leaving the team, and was listed as inactive beginning on November 17th. “At this point, I’m a Brooklyn Nets player. Talking about other possibilities is just speculating. I could play in China, Australia, Africa, I don’t know,” Kirilenko said with a chuckle.
Kirilenko says he is “able to travel,” but does not think he will do many road trips with the team, depending on the situation.
The Nets have scanned the trade market for Kirilenko, but Nets general manager Billy King said there was “nothing happening” at this time.