Spurs Interested In Forward Andre Kirilenko

By John Diaz

Mar 17, 2013; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Minnesota Timberwolves forward Andrei Kirilenko (47) celebrates the victory following the game during against the New Orleans Hornets at the Target Center. The Timberwolves defeated the Hornets 97-95. Mandatory Credit: Brace Hemmelgarn-USA TODAY Sports

More reports coming out of the San Antonio Spurs potential targets, Marc Stein of ESPN has reported the Spurs are targeting Russian forward Andre Kirilenko, who just opted out of his deal with the Timberwolves.

One of the teams that troubles Minnesota in Wolves’ bid to retain Andrei Kirilenko: San Antonio. I’m told Spurs have AK-47 in their sights

— Marc Stein (@ESPNSteinLine) July 1, 2013

Kirilenko opted out of a deal that would’ve paid him $10 million this season, in favor of a longer contract. AK-47 averaged 12.4 points, 5.7 rebounds and 2.8 assists in 32 minutes a game for the T-Wolves last season. He’s not a great three-point shooter, but his versatility would be a welcomed addition to the silver and black.

AK-47 is also a stat sheet stuffer. According to Basketball Reference, he has three career five-by-five games, a game in which a player accumulates a total of five in five different categories. He also joins Hakeem Olajuwon as the only player to have recorded a five-by-six game (total of six in five statistical categories).

Plus, there’s this…

Another reason to sign Andre Kirilenko. pic.twitter.com/ZbgDz3E1Iw

— John (@JohnxDiaz) July 1, 2013