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Andrei Kirilenko to play full season in Moscow, not NBA

Andrei Kirilenko (L) of Russia vies for

Andrei Kirilenko (L) of Russia vies for the ball with Teemu Rannikko (C) and Shawn Huff (R) of Finland during the EuroBasket 2011, group F, 2nd round, qualification match between Finland and Russia in Vilnius, on September 8, 2011. AFP PHOTO / JANEK SKARZYNSKI (Photo credit should read JANEK SKARZYNSKI/AFP/Getty Images)

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Teams looking for a little boost along the front line will not be getting an AK47.

Andrei Kirilenko came back to the USA as a free agent has decided to return to CSKA Moscow and play in NBA this season, confirmed.

Kirilenko will join up with his CSKA Moscow teammates on January 3rd, after failing to agree terms with the NBA teams that he and his party have spoken to.

This news will certainly make other Euroleague teams stand-up and take notice even more. CSKA are currently the only unbeaten side in the competition and head into the Top 16 as favourites to win Europe’s biggest club competition prize.

The former Jazz forward reportedly had been close to a deal with the Nets — who certainly could use the front line help with Brook Lopez out — but that has fallen apart.

Kirilenko had been battling a shoulder injury but apparently has recovered. He had been voted the EuroLeague player of the month in October as he looked sharp for CSKA averaging 13.8 points per game.