Andrei Kirilenko likely to retire after this season

Embed from Getty Images

CSKA Moscow forward Andrei Kirilenko says that he is likely to retire after this season is over.

The 34-year-old, who played for the Utah Jazz and Brooklyn Nets, returned to the Russian champions on February 23 for his third spell after being waived by the Philadelphia 76ers but hasn’t made an immediate impact thus far.

But news of Kirilenko’s retirement plan comes as no surprise. The veteran’s move back to his homeland from the NBA last month was a strong indicator that he might end his career with CSKA, a club that he has spent a total of four years with.

“I feel great to return home,” Kirilenko said to French station Canal+. “There are great chances to finish my career at home. It is probably my last season. I am still thinking about next year but in this moment I feel like this is my last year.

“Future? I still think that I will be connected to the basketball.”

But right now, Kirilenko is focusing on winning a Euroleague title, as well as VTB League honours with CSKA, who are favourites to win both competitions.