Andrei Kirilenko is set to retire from professional basketball this summer, according to Eurohoops.net. Kirilenko recently gave an interview on a Euroleague TV show and said this was going to be his last season:
“I’m happy finally coming back home and it’s a great chance to finish my career at home. That’s probably my last season. I’m still thinking about next year but for this moment I feel like this, that it’s my last season” said Andrei Kirilenko to the Euroleague TV show “Eurofighters” on Canal+.
Kirilenko started the NBA season with the Brooklyn Nets, but he only appeared in seven games and was traded to the Philadelphia 76ers. The 34-year-old never reported to the Sixers because of a personal issue, and he was ultimately waived.
Kirilenko then signed a contract with CSKA Moscow to finish out the year, and then it appears he’s going to hang it up.
Kirilenko was drafted 24th overall by the Utah Jazz in 1999, but he didn’t appear in the NBA until the 2001-02 season. He soon blossomed into one of the most versatile forwards in the league, and he played a key role on successful Jazz teams in the late 2000s.
Kirilenko spent 10 seasons in Utah before leaving the NBA to play overseas (CSKA Moscow) during the lockout-shortened 2011-12 campaign. He then returned to the NBA in 2012-13 with the Minnesota Timberwolves before moving on to the Nets in 2013-14.