"We understand perfectly all the risks of his possible departure but we knowingly take them. In my opinion, there are no minuses in inviting Andrei," Vatutin said. "Even if he leaves the team in a month or two, depending on his desire, Kirilenko will play several games, and his participation will add to the interest toward our team.
"I am sure that most of the fans as well as me are anxious to see Kirilenko in CSKA uniform," he added. "If the lockout finishes, and Andrei decides not to chase NBA contract, our perspectives become even better."
The 6-9 Kirilenko is expected to play for CSKA on Thursday against BC Nizhny Novgorod and make his Euroleague debut on Oct. 17 against Zalgiris, which includes fellow NBA players Ty Lawson (Denver) and Sonny Weems (Toronto).
Contributing: Wendell Maxey
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