Depending on the status of Deron Williams’s ankle and Shaun Livingston’s thumb, the Brooklyn Nets may be at full strength Friday night, when they’re slated to host the Miami Heat. Nets backup forward Andrei Kirilenko is expected to play against the Heat in the team’s hope opener.
Kirilenko sat out the last four preseason games and Brooklyn’s season opener against the Cleveland Cavaliers. After practicing with the team Thursday, he’s been given the green light to play Friday, according to reporters who attended the practice.
After opting out of the last year of his contract with the Minnesota Timberwolves worth approximately $10 million, The 32-year-old forward signed a two-year contract with the Nets on a two-year deal (the second a player option) for around $6.2 million. The do-it-all forward averaged 12.4 points, 5.7 rebounds, 2.8 assists, 1.5 steals, and 1 block in 31.8 minutes per game last year, shooting 50.7% from the field.