Report: Timberwolves Pursuing Andrei Kirilenko, Trying to Clear Cap Space With Trade

Report: Timberwolves Pursuing Andrei Kirilenko, Trying to Clear Cap Space With TradeThe Timberwolves might be trying to add AK47 to their arsenal.

According to Yahoo! Sports' Adrian Wojnarowski, Minnesota is working to complete a three-team deal that would give them cap space to pursue free agent Andrei Kirilenko. Kirilenko is reportedly considering a return to the NBA, and would like to make his decision before the Olympics.

The T-Wolves are reportedly helping facilitate a trade that would send Phoenix' Robin Lopez and Hakim Warrick to the New Orleans Hornets. Minnesota would reportedly send Wesley Johnson and a lottery-protected first-round pick to the Suns as part of the deal.

Kirilenko returned to Russia last season, and was eventually named the 2012 Euroleague MVP and selected to the All-Euroleague First Team. He last played in the NBA in 2010-11, averaging 11.7 points per game with the Jazz — the team with which he's spent all 11 of his NBA seasons.

Kirilenko is reportedly seeking in the vicinity of $8 million annually, and has ruled out the Brooklyn Nets because of their inability to pay him any more than the veteran's minimum.

Photo via Facebook/Andrei Kirilenko

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