He expressed his happiness over rejoining his favorite club from where he had started his career in Basketball. He added that he was planning retirement from the basketball, and it would be in fitness of things if he did so at his home club. This would be 34-year old Andrei’s third stint with CSKA; the earlier ones being from 1998 to 2001, and 2011 to 2012. However, he spent the most part of his career as a professional basketball player with Utah Jazz, and it was in 2004 that he had been selected to play for NBA All-Star Game. He began the present season with the Brooklyn Nets, but failed to find the favor of the coach Lionel Hollins for long. He was then traded to Philadelphia 76ers for which he did not play a single game as his contract had been terminated. He has appeared on the field seven times during this season for the Nets, and averaged 5.1 minutes and 0.4 points.
Welcoming Andrei Kirilenko to his club, Andrei Vatutin, CSKA president, said that there had always been a place in CSKA for Kirilenko for whom it was like a home coming. CSKA is an excellent club which has won Russian championship for as many as 21 times. It has also won the Euroleague Trophy twice in 2006 and 2008.