NBA Trade Rumors 2013: After Signing Andrew Bynum, Cleveland Cavaliers Still Looking To Ink Andrei Kirilenko
(Photo : Reuters and Wikipedia) Andrew Bynum,Andrei Kirilenko, Kyrie Irving
After signing Andrew Bynum to a two-year deal on Wednesday, the Cleveland Cavaliers are apparently not yet done with their free-agency shopping.
According to several sources, the Cavaliers may pull off another free agency move by signing former NBA All-Star small forward Andrei Kirilenko.
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Kirilenko, who averaged 12.4 points, 5.7 rebounds and 2.8 assists last season, opted out of the final year of his deal (worth $10 million) with the Minnesota Timberwolves to test the free agency market.
The San Antonio Spurs have reportedly tried to sign the veteran, via sign-and-trade, but the Timberwolves instantly rejected the team's proposal.
The Cavs, which can offer up to just $5 million a year, may negotiate for a sign-and-trade with the T-Wolves, but it will entirely depend on what players the team is willing to trade away.
According to Cavs Insider Bob Finnan, a sign-and-trade deal is the only remaining option for the Cavs to offer Kirilenko a lucrative paycheck, though the T-Wolves don't seem interested in making that happen.
"Only way to sign Kirilenko would be a sign-and-trade. Minnesota doesn't seem interested in helping Kirilenko earn a higher salary," Finnan posted on his Twitter account.
Anderson Varejao, Tristan Thompson and Alonzo Gee are considered valuable assets that can be used as trade chips in acquiring Kirilenko, one of the most underrated wing defenders in the league.
If the Cavs somehow land Kirilenko, the team will easily have one of the more formidable starting units in the league, with All-Star point guard Kyrie Irving, budding off-guard Dion Waiters, third-year power forward Thompson, and Bynum in the mix.