Nizhny Novgorod bolstered its frontcourt by inking big man Andrey Kirdyachkin to a two-year deal on Monday. Kirdyachkin (2.08 meters, 25 years old) arrives from Samara-SGEU, where he averaged 13 points and 5.4 rebounds in 35 Russian Superleague games last season, helping his team finish first at the end of the regular season. Kirdyachkin is not a new face in Nizhny, as he played for the team in the 2011-12 and the 2013-14 season - just for one month. He has also played for NGU Novosybirsk, Sibirtelekom-Lokomotiv Novosybirsk and Ryazan in his native Russia. Kirdyachkin has been a member of the Russian U18 and U20 national teams. "I am very pleased to have another opportunity to play at this level. I want to prove that I increased my playing level while I was in the Russian Superleague," Kirdyachkin said. "I think I began to understand the game better and play better defense. I never stopped following Nizhny Novgorod and am glad to return to this great team."