Report: Andrei Kirilenko near multi-year deal with Nets

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This is not the superstar the Nets need — or the guy that keeps Deron Williams with the team into Brooklyn — but it would be a nice step forward.

Sportando out of Europe reports Andrei Kirilenko — currently playing well for CSKA Moscow — is close to a multi-year deal to join the New Jersey Nets.

I’d like to see what they are paying him before I say how much I like the signing, but this is a good fit on paper. The shot blocking and high-flying game of AK-47 contrasts with Brook Lopez and his more traditional post game. It gives Deron Williams a couple kinds of options — he can look at the matchups and exploit what works best for the Nets.

Kirilenko has played his entire career in Utah and last season gave them 11.7 points and 5.7 rebounds a game. He was an All-Star once but he is not that guy anymore, what he is still is an above-average NBA forward with real length that he knows how to use.

He’s not the star the Nets needs, but he’s a good role player. If they don’t overpay for him.