Eyebrows were raised around the NBA when the Nets managed to land Andrei Kirilenko at a discount rate Thursday.

But rather than some orchestrated plot between the team’s Russian owner, Mikhail Prokhorov, and the NBA’s best-ever Russian player coming to play in Brooklyn, the Nets instead were the beneficiaries of a lucky break and Kirilenko’s market drying up.

In fact, when the team’s agreement with 2011 draft pick Bojan Bogdanovic fell through Wednesday afternoon, Nets general manager Billy King said he had a backup plan — one that didn’t even include Kirilenko at that point.

“It was someone else we were targeting, and I said, ‘What the heck? Let me make one more phone call before I get down the road and agree to something,’ ” King said on a conference call with reporters Friday. “I made that call and got, ‘No, I don’t think so,’ and then made another call and they said, ‘I’ll think about it.’ ”

That quickly turned into a commitment from Kirilenko, as the Nets found themselves with one of the best bargains of the summer, and a better and more experienced player than Bogdanovic.

The combination of Prokhorov’s vast wealth and Kirilenko opting out of a $10 million contract with the Timberwolves before signing a deal with the Nets worth $3.18 million — the value of the full mini mid-level exception for next season — led to some around the league questioning whether there is some funny business going on, despite the fact there looks to be no proof such a deal took place.