Cavs May Make Run At Andrei Kirilenko

July 10 2013 at 8:08pm CST By Chuck Myron

The Cavs struck a deal with Andrew Bynum earlier this evening, but they might not be done with significant additions yet, as a source tells Sam Amico of Fox Sports Ohio the team may turn its sights to Andrei Kirilenko (Twitter link). The veteran turned down a $10,219,420 player option to return to the Wolves next season, and he'd fill a hole at small forward for the team.

Bob Finnan tweets that the Bynum deal exhausted the Cavs' cap room, though I believe they'll still have about $3MM left once Bynum signs his contract. If the Cavs are out of cap space, they could use their $2.652MM room exception, so either way, they don't have much room to give Kirilenko a salary that comes close to what he turned down from Minnesota. The Wolves don't appear interested in a sign-and-trade, Finnan also notes, via Twitter.

The Spurs made a run at a sign-and-trade deal for Kirilenko and came up short, and the Wolves appear to be in the mix to re-sign the veteran as well. With a dwindling number of teams that have cap space and Minnesota seemingly unwilling to accomodate a sign-and-trade, re-signing with the Wolves may be Kirilenko's most lucrative option left.

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