Now that the NBA trade deadline has come and gone, Timberwolves forward Andrei Kirilenko knows, as if there were any question, he'll be here for the rest of the season.
After that, he has until to July 1 to opt out of the final season of the two-year, $20 million contract he signed last summer.
He has 10 million reasons to stay, but said Friday he's keeping an open mind.
"I'm going to wait until the off-season," he said. "Right now there's no point to make any decision."
He said he and his agent sought the player's option for next season because "we want to have all kind of options."
"I didn't know what I was stepping into when I start the season," he said. "I heard a lot of good stuff, but you're always a bit worried how it's going to go.
''So far, it's going great. I like Rick's [coach Rick Adelman] system. We have a lot of injuries. The result is a little bit not what you expect, but we're working on it.
"So far, I like everything here except the result. We need to try to fix it. In summertime, I will sit with my agent, my family and look at it."
Time to step away
Kirilenko has notified the Russian basketball federation that is retiring from international player at age 32 so he can spend more time with his family. He has played for Russia in European, World and Olympic championships since the 2000 Sydney Olympics.
"I want to be a better dad," said Kirilenko, who has three children ages 3 to 11. "I think I already give a lot, play 12 years on the national team."
He said he wants to spend time with his wife and kids with their grandparents in St. Petersburg and Moscow in Russia and also at the family's homes in France and Utah during summer.
For Kirilenko, staying with Wolves is fine for now
Minneapolis Star Tribune | Feb 23