Utah Jazz: Fesenko close to deal with Ukrainian team

Published: Monday, July 25 2011 12:10 p.m. MDT

Utah's Russian connection Kyrylo Fesenko (left) and Andrei Kirilenko as the Utah Jazz defeat the Golden State Warriors 108-95 in NBA basketball Monday, Dec. 13, 2010, in Salt Lake City, Utah.

Tom Smart, Deseret News

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SALT LAKE CITY — Center Kyrylo Fesenko is no longer under contract with the Utah Jazz, but the Ukrainian might have a new team soon.

The 7-foot-1 big man is reportedly close to signing a deal to play on a team in his native land. According to the club's website, Ukrainian club Dnipro and Fesenko are working out a contract for the center to return home to play professionally.

Terms of the potential deal were not announced.

The 24-year-old Fesenko, who's from Ukrainian city Dnepropetrovsk, has spent the past four seasons in Utah where he averaged 2.3 points and 2.0 rebounds for the Jazz.

Though he endeared fans with his funny antics, Fesenko failed to find a consistent role with the team despite his physical presence. He shot 49.8 percent from the field but just 39.8 percent from the free-throw line in 132 NBA games with Utah.

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