Odds & Ends: Kirilenko, LeBron, Nets, Gordon

Here's this morning's look around the Association..

  • Andrei Kirilenko spoke with Jerry Zgoda of the Star Tribune about why he ultimately chose to sign with the Timberwolves this summer.  The forward said that he picked Minnesota in part because of his affinity for coach Rick Adelman, who he first started following when he was coaching the Kings.
  • Ira Winderman of the Sun Sentinel doesn't believe that LeBron James changing agents indicates that he's thinking about leaving Miami in 2014, but thinks that the Heat will have to hold their breath for at least few days during that summer.  Earlier this week, James left CAA to join up with a newly-formed agency headed by childhood friend Rich Paul.
  • Steve Kyler of HoopsWorld identifies the coaches that need to win in 2012/13 in order to keep their jobs.  The list is headlined by Nets coach Avery Johnson, who was never expected to win in New Jersey but will have to deliver in Brooklyn.  Bucks coach Scott Skiles could also be looking for work if he can't guide Milwaukee to the postseason.
  • Players from non-playoff teams got a bigger chunk of the free agency money pie this offseason than those hitting the market after taking part in the postseason, writes Jorge Sierra of HoopsHype.  The "losers" topped the "winners" $651MM vs. $608MM thanks in part to lucrative deals for Eric Gordon and Nicolas Batum.

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