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Brooklyn Nets' deal with Andrei Kirilenko raises suspicions from NBA rivals



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The rest of the NBA had resigned itself to billionaire Mikhail Prokhorov's relentless pursuit of players and playoff success, absorbing it all until the Brooklyn Nets are pushing an unprecedented $185 million in payroll and punitive taxes. From Deron Williams to Kevin Garnett, Paul Pierce to Joe Johnson, these Nets embody the spirit of the Russian's imperialistic vision.

Prokhorov had come to conquer the NBA, constructing a basketball arena in the borough of Brooklyn and empowering general manager Billy King to transform a barren roster into a championship contender. The Nets were destined to gather talent in this kind of boldly belligerent way, big names and bigger contracts stacked to the stars. From $101 million in salary to $82 million in luxury tax, Brooklyn has introduced itself as one of the biggest targets in the history of the NBA.


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Only this time, the rest of the NBA believes the Nets have gone too far, delivering the league into an unfiltered rage. The signing of Russian free agent Andrei Kirilenko – a $10 million-a-year player last season – for Brooklyn's $3.1 mini-midlevel exception has transformed rival owners and front office executives into an angry mob of disbelievers.

The insinuations are unmistakable: Around the NBA, there are calls for the commissioner's office to investigate the possibilities of side deals and Russian rubles ruling the day – for now, unfounded charges based on circumstance and appearances.

Within the NBA, there had long been those promising that deals would start popping up involving Prokhorov that made no fiscal sense, theorizing that high-end players could take less within the constraints of the salary cap and still make up the difference in clandestine pacts.

Once the Russian billionaire convinced a superb Russian player to take $7 million less to be a backup to Pierce, the rest of the NBA's reaction was instant and uproarious. For the first time now, the Nets have truly arrived as a contending franchise. They're good, with a chance to be great, and the rest of the NBA wants an investigation.


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"Brazen," one Western Conference GM told Yahoo! Sports.

"Let's see if the league has any credibility," one NBA owner told Yahoo! Sports. "It's not about stopping it. It's about punishing them if they're doing it."

Another Eastern Conference GM: "There should be a probe. How obvious is it?"



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A year ago, Brooklyn agreed on a full midlevel-exception deal with Euro forward Mirza Teletovic on a three-year, $15.7 million contract. Shortly after the agreement, Brooklyn realized it needed to alter the exception slot to still keep open the chance for cutting a trade for Dwight Howard. Without re-entering the market, Teletovic accepted a three-year, $9 million deal at the mini midlevel.


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Kirilenko wanted a three-year deal with a minimum of $8 million per season, front-office executives said.


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sunnydaze
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They mad, nets stylin'





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you sign with Nets and your family lives.





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They mad.

God forbid he wants to get out of that shithole in Minnesota and play for a team that might actually win.







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I'm sure the league will investigate and find nothing. It's tough to prove the Nets are giving money under the table.





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100% chance he's getting paid off the books





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Get over it. The Nets are spending $ because they can. If you don't like it, find another sport or something.





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Get over it. The Nets are spending $ because they can. If you don't like it, find another sport or something.


Given the situation, this makes absolutely no sense at all.






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Get over it. The Nets are spending $ because they can. If you don't like it, find another sport or something.


So then what is the point of the salary cap? It's not like other owners couldn't have paid AK more money, they just followed the cap rules.






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Get over it. The Nets are spending $ because they can. If you don't like it, find another sport or something.


it seems like half of yall in this thread didnt read the original post.



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Carson123987
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Pretty obvious there's some shady shit





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I like Kid, but I think maybe they should've bought a coach





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brgfather129
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So then what is the point of the salary cap?


There isn't if they allow stuff like this to happen.






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There isn't if they allow stuff like this to happen.


Exactly.

This isn't an issue about Prokhorov having more money than the other owners, this is a "follow the rules" issue.






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They mad. God forbid he wants to get out of that shithole in Minnesota and play for a team that might actually win.


This

Older player on a shitty team signs for less with Finals-contending team. Hasn't this been happening for like a decade now?






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Pretty obvious there's some shady shit
But also, who TF cares? I don't. Let the commie do whatever he wants with his money.






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So because a guy took a pay cut to join a contender, all the GMs are mad?





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Older player on a shitty team signs for less with Finals-contending team. Hasn't this been happening for like a decade now?


But they're both Russian




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So because a guy took a pay cut to join a contender, all the GMs are mad?


Well, if I were a GM and felt another team was blatantly circumventing the salary cap...I'd be upset too.






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im sure the fact that it was a severe pay cut is why it threw up red flags. also im sure the other GMs in the league already had their suspicions about the guy.





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