Good. Pay the luxury tax this season and sign AK for about 6 million next year.
He says he wants to stay here so hopefully he steps up. With AK the Jazz are a
beter team than without him.
I agree, they signed a bad deal, AK is a valuable player but not worth 15
million. I think he is worth somewhere between 6-8 million per year, a lot of
that will depend on how healthy he stays this year.
Kirilenko adds a dimension on defense to disrupt the opposing team by getting in
the passing lanes and blocking shots. He does need to tone down his helter
skelter style to maintain his health. He has evolved into a chronic foot and
lower leg injury prone player, causing the Jazz to lose his services when they
need to win games. Get your game under control Andre....please. His pay I'm
sure is an irritation to other players on the team in terms of his
contributions. At that level of pay he should be scoring 20+, 10+ rebounds, and
playing 30+ minutes.
"Sometimes the best deals are the ones that aren't made" - quote by some sports
exec smarter than me
Kevin O'Connor during a TV interview this past Sunday: "Our objective starting
this summer and during the fall has been not to trade Andrei Kirilenko".If you were to take KOC at his word, then the logical question would be:
"Then why did you get involved with this deal, Kevin? If your objective is not
to trade him, then the obvious way to achieve your objective is not to do
anything!".Kevin keeps proclaiming that Jazz are not trying to dump
AK's salary. He also has repeatedly stated over the years that the only
justification for making trades is "to make the team better".Hmmmmmm. Jazz were willing to get rid of Andre and replace him with Diaw.
And that somehow makes the team better. Hmmmmmm. Either Kevin or I need to go
back and retake the class Logic 101.
Clueless people.No one sees the truth.I will once again
have to spell it out for everyone to understand concisely.Kirlenko
is a Drama King.He is always hurt. I am not like this state
satisfied with 50-60 games a year and waiting for the latest injury which made
"Snoozie" look like Jack Lalane.If Diaw costs less, plays defense,
is athletic, can get open court, people are against him, because they like to
stay the same.To save a ton of money they are better...Let me make this clear..Kirilenko is a difference maker playing 80
gamesHowever, he in recent seasons has not proven this so for
the albatross holding Jazz hostage at 18 million a year for unreliable
attendance, I would take Ross and Diaw.I apologize to the
"sloanaholics" in Advance
Kirilenko is a bit dramatic at times, however he is also an excellent team
player when he gets in rhythm. His biggest problem is staying healthy. I agree
that the Jazz should stick with him this year and try to sign him to a deal for
three or four years more in the range of 6-8 million each year. I think it is a
agreed that some people are clueless, but the question is which ones.
AK isn't worth the paper it costs to print the contract. He has zero offensive
skills, cries like a little spoiled brat and doesn't bring it every night or any
night for that matter. He may block a shot here and there but he gets beat time
and time again for cheating and being slow of feet.
If AK and the Jazz struggle then expect a trade as a salary dump, because they
have to. If AK is a factor and the team is rolling, then you go with "If it aint
broke, don't try and fix it", approuch. I hope AK plays at a high level and
earns his pay check. I also hope that if he does not step it up, that the Jazz
make a trade. We all know what a healthy and active AK brings to the table. GO
This is again nothing against AK talent, we know he is excellent. However,
people see he comes into shape here at training camp and get all excited. We
heard the same last year. Some players, Oden, Ming always seems to get hurt.
AK always appears fragile. The biggest thing he brings his ability to slow down
another teams go to player in the front court. The defense and playing the
passing lanes are among strengths.We do not need a "part time
player" for 18 million.If you resign him, he needs an injury free season
and cut that salary by 2/3.MIles: I think he is better defensively
than you give him credit but i agree with the offense part in one of his
shooting slumps..Anyway, I am remaining more positive than maybe the
last 10 seasons. I do like much more the makeup of this team. There is no
guarantee OK city may not take a stop backwards.We could win the NW
division it should be an exciting 4 team race, with OK, Denver and Portland.
The seedings 2-6 or so will be the most exciting maybe ever
Too all the AK haters I bet you all were wishing he would have come back sooner
from his injury last year. Some of you have forgotten who got you to the
playoffs before Willams was here and AK has the ability to score that is why he
sat out by the three point line. He is the best all around player the Jazz have.
forgetyourself: "The best all around player"? Are you serious? Maybe four years
ago, do your homework man, AK's numbers have been on the decline. I dont hate AK
and of course I wanted AK in the playoffs last year because we lacked interior
defense. I cringe when AK shoots the ball, even when Horny started working with
him. When AK tries to launch a three I seriously clinch my fist, hold my breath
and clinch my teeth! I love AK when he moves with out the ball and slashes
around the rim and positions himself for rebounds and blocks, that is when he is
most effective. Is that worth 18 million though? Bottom line is AK has not
played up to his contract expectations. If AK was making half of that he would
still be over paid. If the Jazz stick with AK, I hope the guy earns his check
that all. GO JAZZ!
It will be an interesting year. I'll be curious to see if he's still on the
team after the trade deadline. That will depend on how the team is doing at
that point, and on his health. If he is healthy and playing well, and the team
is doing well, the team will probably bite the bullet and keep him and pay the
luxury tax. If he's hurt, and/or the team is struggling, a trade won't surprise
me. If he continues to play well, and they get him back for a bargain next year,
the team could be sitting pretty.
This whole Melo thing is eerily similar to what Kobe did 3 seasons ago.
Remember when he was demanding trades and wanted to go to Chicago? They got him
to camp, made the Gasol trade, and Kobe got his first MVP awarf. I think Melo
will have a sweet year no matter where he is. Scary to think that he's still in
the division for now, especially with the likes of OKC and Portland still in the
mix. Tough, but exciting year for the Northwest Division.
To JAzz NAtionWho's fault is? Why Ak's stat declined ? Ask Sloan he is a
only knows how he destroyed Ak's once promising career. Arschloch
Man you folks don't even know your baseketball. Thye Clipper are for Real and
here they come. Can you say Championship for the Clip. Booya