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Minnesota now may be frontrunner to land Kirilenko

Turkey Basketball Euroleague Final Four

CSKA Moscow Andrei Kirilenko reacts after the final against Olympiakos in the Euroleague Final Four at the Sinan Erdem Arena in Istanbul, Sunday, May 13, 2012. Olympiakos beat CSKA Moscow 62-61. (AP Photo/Thanassis Stavrakis)


We told you Tuesday that Brooklyn was making a push to get the services of Andrei Kirilenko, who spent last season with CSKA Moscow but wants to return to the NBA.

But Brooklyn is out now out of the running, tweets Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports. Not a shock because while the Nets could have Deron Williams trying to recruit, they also could only offer the veteran minimum.

The new front-runner appears to be the Minnesota Timberwolves, Woj tweets.

Minnesota is part of a three-team deal deep in discussion that sends Robin Lopez and Hakim Warrick to New Orleans, Phoenix would get Wesley Johnson and a 1st round pick, and the Timberwolves would get the contract of Brad Miller (who is about to retire) and some filler.

What that trade does for Minnesota is clear out cap space, allowing the Timberwolves to offer more money to Kirilenko.

Kirilenko would come off the bench in Minnesota as a change of pace behind Kevin Love. He also could play beside Love in a small lineup.

In the mean time, Kirilenko is playing on the Russian national team in the London Olympics.

Nothing is set here, lots of dominoes have to fall. But this seems to be happening.