MINNEAPOLIS -- Unless he intends to re-sign for less money in the short term, Andrei Kirilenko's stint in Minneapolis is over after one year.
The 32-year-old Timberwolves forward decided Saturday to opt out of the final year of his contract, worth 10.2 million, and test an expansive 2013 free-agent market, his agent confirmed to FOX Sports North. He could still work a new deal with Minnesota, but unlikely for as much cash annually as he would've received next season.
The Timberwolves just drafted a small forward in Shabazz Muhammad, plan to re-sign unrestricted free agent Chase Budinger, and are in desperate need of a shooting guard that can shoot 3-pointers, especially after failing to obtain one in Thursday's NBA Draft.
Made on the day of the deadline stipulated in his contract, Kirilenko's decision frees up some real estate under the league's salary cap, projected to be 58.5 million this upcoming season.
The former Utah Jazz veteran set himself up well to land a longer-term c...