Andrei Kirilenko Does Not Sound Like a Man Ready to Come Back to the NBA

VILNIUS, LITHUANIA - SEPTEMBER 08: (L-R) Shawn Huff of Finland defends against Andrei Kirilenko of Russia during the EuroBasket 2011 second round group B match between Finland and Russia at Siemens Arena on September 8, 2011 in Vilnius, Lithuania. (Photo by Christof Koepsel/Bongarts/Getty Images)

In a recent interview with Russian website Isvetia, Andrei Kirilenko did not seem to be very committed to coming back to the NBA. He mentioned that it was very possible that he could return to CSKA Moscow, and that he would like to make a decision by August 1st. Kirilenko also says that his agent has not contacted any NBA team.

Teams can begin signing Free Agents next week on July 11th. However, a lot of the negotiating between teams and free agents occurs during the moratorium period (July 1st through July 11th). The fact that Kirilenko is not having any contact with teams during this period doesn't exactly scream that he wants to come to the NBA.

In another report, Kings swingman Francisco Garcia told Kirilenko that he wants him to come to Sacramento after Russia's Olympic Qualifier win over Cisco's Dominican Republic team. Kirilenko replied "Let's wait until the 11th". Kirilenko does not need to wait until the 11th to make up his mind on whether or not he wants to come back. If he is waiting as part of a strategy to increase his price, the Kings should not be waiting for him.

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