Andrei Kirilenko wanted to sign a long-term contract with the Minnesota Timberwolves, but he ended up signing a smaller deal with the Brooklyn Nets.

Kirilenko believes Flip Saunders had already decided not to re-sign him for most of the offseason.

"He decided not to sign me for a long time," Kirilenko said. "I can’t do anything about that.

"I opted out not because I wanted to sign with the Nets. At that time, I wanted to be in Minnesota for a long time. But there was a change in Minnesota."