Utah Jazz: Andrei Kirilenko won't play for Russia at FIBA championships

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  • sports-junkie
    July 16, 2010 8:03 a.m.

    I want to believe AK likes playing for JS and that at the end of the season he and Jazz mgt will work out a fair price for a 4-5 year deal.

    Realistically, he's gone. He more than likely wont play for another NBA team, which means he'll be headed back to Russia. I do love AK. He does so much on the court to change the game. I just hope he will want to stay with the Jazz now that his big contract is over (next summer).

  • Rick
    July 15, 2010 9:53 p.m.

    The selfish crybaby isn't playing because this is his contract year !!! He doesn't want to possibly get hurt & miss a long term contract deal SOMEWHERES else....He doesn't give a hoot about Utah or the fans..This malcontent marches to his own band.Lets see if funky-hair cut dude hit the weight room this off season, maybe put on 1 lb. of muscle !!! This guy is more lazy than double zero (00) was & that's almost impossible to beat; yet ak does........ak will be traded before the trade deadline,I'm positive.........

  • BillM75
    July 15, 2010 2:21 p.m.

    Good news, hope he has a big contract year.

  • Anonymous Infinity
    July 15, 2010 12:51 p.m.

    Kirilenko will have to prove he has a future with the Jazz THIS YEAR. The last two or three years have been subpar for sure. I don't understand why NBA players don't have the motivation to improve their stamina and physical fitness to tolerate this grueling marathon of a season, and why teams don't use the strategy to make sure minutes are reduced to have players available to play a peak condition at the end of the season. AGAIN, AS I HAVE EMPHASIZED IN THE PAST, THE NBA SEASON SHOULD BE REDUCED TO 60 GAMES AND THEN "every team" SHOULD BE IN THE PLAYOFFS (A PC APPROACH); FORGET ABOUT THE LOTTERY, AND HAVE A TEN YEAR WINDOW BEFORE PLAYERS CAN RESIGN WITH ANOTHER TEAM AS A FREE AGENT. THIS HAVE GUN WILL TRAVEL MODE WE ARE SEEING IS A JOKE. ALL THE PLAYERS WILL CONTINUE TO MOVE AROUND THE WAY IT IS AND THE LEAGUE WILL CONTINUE TO ME MEDIOCRE.

  • JazzyMan
    July 15, 2010 12:42 p.m.

    Glad to here AK is not jeapordizing his future with the Jazz by risking injury as far as playing for Russia this year. To be honest,I really don't think AK will ever flourish to his full potential playing in the Jazz halfcourt postem-up offense like Al Jefferson will. Al is now on a team that he should be on;a team that will utilize him to the utmost,and make an allstar out of him. If the Jazz can't sign AK for half or less then what he is making now, I feel they should try to trade him to a team that would make better use of him.Yes,I'm like most of you in that I like AK as a person,but those feelings do not correlate to getting a championship.

  • Fredd
    July 15, 2010 11:11 a.m.

    $5-$6M? You're dreaming. AK is easily a $10M a year player. At least by NBA standards. I say keep him all year, pay the tax, resign at a home towm discount for $8M and let him do what he does.

  • klepsydra
    July 15, 2010 9:45 a.m.

    I agree I'd love to see AK stay with the Jazz at a reasonable $5-6 million. Being a contract year I think he will have a great year.

  • ed
    July 15, 2010 8:47 a.m.

    Ak shows he is a good guy. I hope he signs a five year deal with the Jazz for a reasonable price and finishes his career here.

  • LKA
    July 15, 2010 8:26 a.m.

    Good choice AK. Be 100% healthy for Pre Season.

  • wayne
    July 15, 2010 6:54 a.m.

    sounds like he is going to play for a new contract. I hope he does so well that he actually earns his salary.

    at least let him have a few good games before we trade him.

  • Ak Fan
    July 15, 2010 1:12 a.m.

    Wise decision

  • Chucky
    July 15, 2010 12:26 a.m.

    Thank goodness!