Report: NBA executives don’t trust Mikhail Prokhorov after Nets sign Andrei Kirilenko on cheap
Kirilenko is Russian, as is Nets owner Mikhail Prokhorov.
Apparently, NBA executives have connected those facts, and they’re mad, according to Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports:
This strikes me as way too prejudiced.
What was the higher-paying offer Kirilenko rejected as a free agent? Once he opted out, that $10.2 million was no longer on the table. Kirilenko wouldn’t be the first player to misdiagnose the market when deciding on a player option, and the fact that he took a one-year deal with a player option for a second season suggests he wants to try free agency again sooner than later. He also wouldn’t be the first player to join a contender for less than market value.
Nearly everyone agreed Paul Millsap should have gotten more money as a free agent. Millsap and Hawks co-managing partner Michael Gearon Jr. are both American. Did Millsap accept less money as part of an American conspiracy?
Andray Blatche took less money to spite Ted Leonsis, the American owner of the Wizards. Is Blatche anti-American?
Not every signing is a statement on international relations – including Kirilenko’s.