In an interview with YES Network as part of the series “Championship Dreams,” Brooklyn Nets forward Andrei Kirilenko hints at a two-to-four-year timetable for his career, citing that as a reason for joining the Nets this offseason.
“This year, finally, I think Brooklyn built a team which… potentially can win the title,” Kirilenko said, before adding that Brooklyn’s mission to be a global brand — particularly in Russia, Kirilenko’s home country — was also a factor in his decision.
Kirilenko opted out the last year of his contract with Minnesota, worth $10 million, before signing with the Nets on a two-year deal worth approximately $6.2 million total, the second year of the deal a player option. Kirilenko opted out under the impression that other offers were available, but warmed to the Nets once the market dried up and he saw an opportunity to play with a contending team.
Kirilenko will turn 33 in February this season, putting his projected retirement age around 35-37.