Kirilenko has a player option for the next season worth $10.2 million and could decide to opt out in order to test the free agent waters, seek a long term contract with Minnesota or potentially secure a lucrative deal overseas to finish his career.
However, the eleven year NBA veteran says he’s absolutely certain he won’t be exercising the player option at season’s end and is intending on remaining in Minnesota.
"I’m going to stay in the NBA for sure," Kirilenko told HOOPSWORLD. "There is no doubt about it. I like Minnesota, and I like Rick Adelman."
"But we really need to get everyone back in the lineup," Kirilenko added while admitting his frustration with Minnesota’s assortment of injuries this season. "It’s hard to play this way."
Try again next year, here's to hoping we don't make a stupid trade at the deadline.