MANKATO, Minn. Andrei Kirilenko does not want to talk about the process that brought him to Minnesota. He said that once, last Friday, and he reiterated it Tuesday to a new crop of reporters from Mankato. It's not fair to anyone, Kirilenko said, and he's not going to spill the beans.
So that's that.
However, the veteran forward did say Tuesday that the two-year, 20 million contract he signed with the Timberwolves was not the highest offer he got. But money wasn't all that came into play for him, and he described the process of picking the Timberwolves as a puzzle. Some of the pieces: Kevin Love, whom he described as a superstar; Rick Adelman and his coaching style; the city and its size and even Alexey Shved, whom he said was "a little addition, like that little flavor."
In fact, Kirilenko might be the first Timberwolves player ever to describe Adelman as beautiful. His summation of why he's a Timberwolf:
"It's a beautiful contract, beauti...