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Published: Thursday, July 11 2013 5:00 p.m. MDT

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Sneaky Jimmy
Bay Area, CA

There is money being paid in rubles to Mrs. Kirelenko. He wants to play for the Oligarch. It can only help his post basketball life.

Americanvet
Ivins, UT

I just hate how so much is weighted in favor of the big market teams. It's just an unfair advantage that players will take big pay cuts to play there while small market teams are brushed off even after offering more money. Karl Malone was unique in that he liked hunting and driving trucks over the big city life and we were lucky to get an all star like him to stay here in Utah. It also helped to have at the same time the best point guard in the world playing in Utah and Stockton absolutely hates the lime light, which makes him a perfect fit for Utah. Another legend, Dr. J, actually has a house in St.George and maybe the Jazz could recruit him to help convince some of these young black athletes to make a career in Utah. In St.George you can't swing a dead cat without hitting a white Mormon and yet Dr. J still likes it there.

Jory
payson, utah

Brookly Nets is not a Big Market team. They just have a billionaire fronting the cash.

79Ute
Orange County, CA

Dr. J has a house in St. George? Does Sir Charles have one in Orem?

netjes
Grand Rapids, MI

I'm pretty sure New York City is a big market. Most likely, there's a wink-wink nudge-nudge going on here.

Americanvet
Ivins, UT

@jory
I don't know how big "Brookly" is, but Brooklyn is sure a big market. At least the schools I went to taught me that.

let's roll
LEHI, UT

Western Conference teams in the last two NBA Finals, OKC and San Antonio. Neither is a big market team. And Indiana was in the Eastern Conference finals this year.

The new CBA, with its Draconian luxury tax and revenue sharing is small market friendly.

Good management and coaching, having a plan and sticking to it, smart drafting, and not overpaying for free agents all have more to do with success than does the size of the market.

The Knicks, Nets and Clippers have all proven the truth of that premise.

Real Bass
Idaho Falls, ID

He owed the jazz. He should send some money back or play for less in slc.

SlopJ30
St Louis, MO

Americanvet - You've repeated a common myth. I'm not sure how things are "weighted" to the large-market teams, implying a systemic bias or conspiracy. A player voluntarily taking a pay cut to go to another team has nothing to do with "big-city bias" or whatever you want to call it. Same with Miami . . the best player in the world wanted to live by the beach. What are you gonna do?

San Antonio has been the most successful franchise of the past 15 years. Detroit won a title not too long ago. As for the "big" cities, Boston traded its way to a few glory years, but before that they went through an awful stretch. The Knicks have been spotty at best for my entire adult life, and the Nets have been nearly invisible forever, even after their most recent finals apperances.

I have never heard someone logically defend the unfairness of "big city" bias. Players typically like to play in large markets. That's never going to change.

BleedCougarBlue
Enid, OK

Article quote: "Money shouldn't be a problem for Kirilenko, who earned $86 million in the final six years of his decade stay in Utah. He made $10 million in Minnesota last season after a year away from the NBA during the 2011-12 lockout."

Holy cow. $96 MILLION in just THOSE 7 seasons?

That's insane.

I should have practiced my foul shots more as a kid.....

motorbike
Cottonwood Heights, UT

Americanvet

I'm pretty sure Dr J sold his St. George home a couple years ago.

Americanvet
Ivins, UT

@SlopJ30

Your last sentence said it all. Players like to play in big market cities. Why, because those cities get all the press and the players in those cities have access to big endorsement deals that are not often offered to players in small markets. That's my whole point. That's why players will take salary cuts to play in those markets and that is the unfair advantage.

That said, it does not guarantee those teams will win as pointed out in other comments. San Antonio has had tremendous success that started when the lucked out in the lottery and grabbed Duncan. This was after they drafted David Robinson and had the best front court in the NBA. Players for the Spurs have remained loyal just like Stockton and Malone were in Utah, I think largely because they have the best coach in the business. OKC has built through smart draft picks but already lost Harden to a big market team. The Jazz need to build through the draft like OKC, and they have had a nice start.

doc33
Las Vegas, NV

The Nets will be right there with the Pacers and the Heat in the Eastern Conference and no doubt will contend for a NBA championship. That is the way to build a winner unlike what is happening in SLC regarding the Jazz's future. D-Will always said the Jazz never made any "moves," but in this NBA off season no team made better additions to their roster than did New Jersey, and it will pay off with playoff wins.

Man in Charge
Washington, DC

Brooklyn is a terribly mismanaged team. Dspite all of the good moves on paper I give it 2 years before Deron asks to be traded. I'm predicting Jason Kidd won't even make it through the season as coach.

Man in Charge
Washington, DC

Tanking for Wiggins and Parker will win a championship faster than adding mediocre free agents. Why pay for Guys like OJ mayo or Jose Calderon who can't even help their teams wins?

VeraLouise
Sandy, UT

Is my memory fuzzy or do I recall something about DWill NOT liking to play with AK-47 while they were both here? Should be interesting......

Jazz Source
Alpine, UT

Undoubtedly Andrei just got paid the difference in rubles from some oil exploration deal via some shell corporation in Siberia.

Clearly the Nets are taking the shotgun approach. Just buy whatever is available and see what comes of it. Still have to have chemistry which they don't so we will see if this works or not.

TerryHaimes
Sturgis, MS

I thought Gerald Wallace went to Boston.

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