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Published: Saturday, Dec. 17 2011 12:26 a.m. MST

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B Russ
Ephraim, UT

He had his moments, but for what they were paying him him he spent too much time sulking or injured. I'm happy to see the team moving forward in another direction, especially for what he is asking this time around. I hope he does well where ever he ends up playing. I think he would do better in Sacramento rather than New Jersey. Jersey can be pretty cold especially if D Will decides to freeze him out.

mattmo
Gallatin, MO

I did love to watch him play for all those years. He held the team together after Stockton and Malone left. Not a superstar just someone that got it done.

scalman
Temecula, CA

Hands down, Andrei was my favorite Jazz player when he played here, although his inside/outside game was more suited to European ball. It killed me sometimes when his jump shot disappeared, but when it was clicking, he was for me the most fun to watch NBA small forward since Bird. Good luck wherever you end up Andrei. Oh, and a little salute to some of the non-book readers that comment here...when it was publicized that Andrei read books in the locker room before games...just think how many young Utah kids that impressed.

Iowa Jazz Fan 2
Cedar Rapids, IA

Andrei said repeatedly that he loved SLC and wanted to remain with the Jazz. Since the organization handed him a max contract years ago and basically overpaid him for years, it's on Andrei that he's not willing to come back for what the Jazz offered him -- whatever that is.

On the other hand, $9 million for three years (what he reportedly was asking) is not outrageous. I'd rather shell out $9 million and have AK for three more years than Josh Howard for one -- hands down.

Subscriber
Magna, UT

I will miss AK47!

ed
Los Olivos, CA

We keep reading about all of his injuries. Drafted ahead of him: Brand,Francis, Davis, Odom, Bender, Zerbiak, A. Miller, Jason Terry, Marion, Kenny Thomas, Devon George. Over the course of AK's 10 years, only 3 of those guys have played more games than AK and none of them are ahead of him by many games. (Marion, Terry, and Miller) Facts are just a terrible thing for the haters.

Bring AK back. Let him continue to set the example of sacrificing his body with hustle. Let him set the example for the young guys.

mulrich
Columbia, SC

AK is looking for $9 million PER SEASON, not for three years. At $3 million a year AK would be great, for $9, not so much, especially with all the other bigs we have on the roster. He's been playing out of position for years, it will be fun to watch him play at the PF again, even if for a different team.

I loved AK while he was here, despite the injuries, but I was hoping for more of a home team discount (mid-level seemed about right, but what do I know). I wish him well regardless.

Teddy Bear
Las Vegas, NV

Would love to see him play in Sacramento with the Jimmer!

Iowa Jazz Fan 2
Cedar Rapids, IA

Sorry, mulrich . . . you are right about AK wanting $9 mil per season.

I was mislead by Jody G's phrasing in another report:

"The oft-injured-but-versatile Kirilenko, reportedly interested in Sacramento and New Jersey, is seeking about $9 million for three years, according to Sports Illustrated."

Nine million/year is way out of line and the Jazz are right in not going there. After the tens of millions he took home over the last decade, he really shouldn't need nine million/year. So much for his "really wanting" to be back in Utah. If he can get it from NJ or Sac, more power to him. I wouldn't offer him more than $5-6 million/year.

Ak Fan
Hamburg, GE

Yes it was good run. Unfortunelly Jazz didn't give him chance to be himself. Everybody talking about money who give to him you fans no Miller family. So stop pretending Andrei Gennadyevich Kirilenko stole you money. AK said in SE he will go for contender or good team not for money. AK better suited in LA.

It's time to say so long J Fans. Good luck ...

Ak Fan
Hamburg, GE

Glueck Auf

scalman
Temecula, CA

Glueck Auf = "luck up" or probably "good luck" in German.

Doug10
Roosevelt, UT

AK is a unique and wonderful player. He was tremendoulsy unselfish and as Okur mentioned he always felt AK had his back. Great for a team mate to say that.

AK provided years of fun to fans of the Jazz. He had a skillset all his own and he will be missed, but I miss Deron Williams more who even though got paid less provided more excitement.

Actually Boozer got paid 45% less than AK but yet still brought 20/10 to the table every night.

Yes AK was a great player and professional sports are tough, where he made between 17-18 million last year he now asks for half of that and that seems like a good deal except his last season salary was so exorbitent.

AK will be sadly missed and I think he may have had a chance to be here this season if the management had not so badly mismanaged their money and over paid him so badly over the past 5 years.

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