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MINNEAPOLIS -- Andrei Kirilenko is opting out of the final year of a contract that would have paid him $10 million next season with the Minnesota Timberwolves, making him a free agent. Nike Air Max Zero Mens White . Kirilenko made the decision on Saturday, the deadline that was written into the two-year, $20 million deal he signed last summer, a person with knowledge of the situation told The Associated Press. The person requested anonymity because an official announcement has not been made. In turning down the final year of his contract with the Timberwolves, Kirilenko is instead hoping to get a little extra security with a longer term deal when the market opens at 12:01 a.m. Eastern on July 1. The versatile forward is coming off a rejuvenating year in which he averaged 12.4 points, 5.7 rebounds and 1.5 steals per game for the Wolves, his best season in the league since 2005-06. The 32-year-old had more spring in his step after spending the lockout year playing at home in Russia, and he flourished in Rick Adelmans free-flowing system. But Kirilenko also missed 18 games with assorted injuries, one of a number of Timberwolves players who missed significant time last season, the ninth straight year they have missed the playoffs. Kirilenko was largely responsible for the Wolves dramatic improvement on the defensive end, with Adelman enjoying the luxury of being able to put him on every position besides centre, depending on who was the biggest threat on a given night. His ability to pass and move without the ball also made him ideal for Adelmans offence, and the veteran was superb in helping fellow Russian Alexey Shved make the transition to Minnesota for his rookie season last year. New Timberwolves President Flip Saunders started getting an inclination that Kirilenko could opt out at least a week ago, and he made some plans for such a scenario. The Wolves acquired swingman Shabazz Muhammad in a draft-night deal with the Utah Jazz on Thursday night in part to give them some depth at small forward. They also have Derrick Williams on the roster, though he has shown in his first two seasons to be a more natural fit at power forward and could be on the move himself. The Wolves could try to negotiate a longer term deal -- perhaps two or three years -- at a reduced salary to bring Kirilenko back. Or they could use the $10 million theyre saving on his contract to help pay restricted free agent centre Nikola Pekovic, who is expected to get a significant offer on the open market that the Wolves will have the option of matching, and add a veteran shooting guard to a team that finished last in the league in 3-point shooting last season. Kirilenkos decision could leave the Wolves with about $7 million to spend on free agents. O.J. Mayo, Kyle Korver, Kevin Martin, J.J. Redick and Marco Bellinelli all could be free agent targets for the Wolves. They also want to re-sign unrestricted free agent forward Chase Budinger, who would help fill in for Kirilenko. If Kirilenko does go elsewhere, he will undoubtedly be a sought-after veteran. He proved last season that he still had plenty of good basketball left in him after four years of declining production led to his decision to play 2011-12 in Russia. And any team looking for a lockdown defender and willing passer to help make a playoff push could jump at the chance to bring him into the mix. Nike Air Max Zero Essential Grey . Neymar curled home a free kick from just outside the area to put the 2014 World Cup host ahead in the 44th minute. Three minutes after the break, a simple through pass from Paulinho freed Oscar and the Chelsea star rounded goalkeeper Jung Sung-ryong to extend Brazils lead. Nike Air Max Zero Essential Blue . According to a report from the Vancouver Province, the Lions are expected to replace former DC Rich Stubler with defensive backs coach Mark Washington. . Cote was eligible to become a free agent Feb. 15. Cote helped running back Jon Cornish run for a league-high 1,813 rushing yards en route to being named the leagues most outstanding player. TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- Leonard Hamilton is hoping a change in his offensive system will end Florida States NCAA Tournament drought.Hamiltons philosophy has been to run a motion offense that also relies on strong inside play. This season he has ditched that for a more on-tempo system because the Seminoles have an abundance of perimeter players.Hamilton, who is going into his 15th season at Florida State, acknowledges that this has been the biggest changes he has made to a system between seasons in his 29 years as a college coach.This will fit more of who we are, Hamilton said. We are not going to be as much of a stand and shoot team. We are going to be able to play off the move and penetrate. We will be playing more four outside players and one inside. It will make us more unpredictable and harder to defend.Florida State was third in the Atlantic Coast Conference in offense, averaging 78.0 points per game. But it was 13th in defense, allowing 74 points. Both of those set new marks in the Hamilton era.We are going to be playing even faster this year, said Dwayne Bacon, who led the team in scoring (15.8 points per game) and rebounding (5.8) last season. Weve got guys that can run the floor and the big guys can get up and down.Bacon also noted that a huge part of preseason practices has been defense and that during the first week they were spending at least two hours per session on defensive-specific drills.The Seminoles started last season by winning 10 of their first 12 games, but struggled in Atlantic Coast Conference play as they went 8-10. They made it to the second round of the NIT to finish 20-14.---Some other things to know about Florida State this season:IMMEDIATE IMPACT? Jonathan Isaac comes in as onne of the highest-ranked recruits in program history. Nike Air Max Zero Womens White. The 6-foot-9 forward has the size and body of a forward but the quickness and shooting skills of a perimeter player. The Seminoles have also added a pair of talented guards in CJ Walker and Trent Forrest.FRONT LINE DEPTH: Michael Ojo and Phil Cofer are back after being beset by injuries last season. Ojo, a 7-foot-1 senior center, missed all of last year due to a knee injury while Cofer, a 6-foot-8 junior forward, played in only 11 games before having ankle surgery.MORE EXPERIENCED BACON: Bacon said that conference play did wear him down but that he has worked during the offseason on conditioning along with his perimeter shooting. The 6-foot-7 sophomore guard struggled last season on shots beyond 15 feet.RATHAN-MAYES BACK ON POINT: Xavier Rathan-Mayes saw his scoring average drop from 14.9 to 11.8, but if Hamiltons system lives up to its expectations of having more players creating opportunities, that should allow the 6-foot-4 junior to have more chances. As a true point guard last season, Rathan-Mayes was focused more on trying to get the ball to teammates instead of taking an open shot.TOUGH START TO CONFERENCE PLAY: Florida State has a favorable non-conference slate, which includes an appearance in the Preseason NIT tournament, but it will be tested early in conference play. Five of the Seminoles first seven ACC games are at home, but there is a stretch from Jan. 10-21 where they face Duke, go to North Carolina and then host Notre Dame and Louisville.---Online:AP College Basketball: Cheap NFL JerseysCheap NFL Jerseys China Cheap Jerseys From ChinaCheap NFL Jerseys Authentic Wholesale Jerseys China Cheap NFL Jerseys China NFL Cheap Jerseys' ' '