Utah Jazz: Andrei Kirilenko in waiting mode for next career move

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  • Iowa Jazz Fan 2 Cedar Rapids, IA
    Sept. 23, 2011 1:58 p.m.

    I think Ed is right. Unlike in the NFL, I believe NBA rules prevent restructuring of contracts.

    And, on the question of Andrei being all about the money, how do you explain that in 2007, when he was in Jerry's doghouse and very unhappy, he asked the Jazz to let him out of his max contract?? Wanted to return to Russian and willing to play for peanuts in comparison.

  • ed Los Olivos, CA
    Sept. 22, 2011 5:31 p.m.

    I hope he comes back. He is one of the most exciting guys in basketball and one of the best team defense players. He has been a good guy who has done everything the team has asked of him. I hope, one day, his jersey hangs in the rafters....The facilities are now closed at all NBA venues. It is a league rule. AK could not renegotiate his contract downward. That would have been a violation of the CBA, I believe.

  • Anonigma Murray, UT
    Sept. 21, 2011 8:04 p.m.

    AK on the Jazz is like trying to fit a round peg on a square hole.
    He'd be better in GS,NY,Suns, but best vs. Euro teams. It's just his style of play. Plus he's much better at PF.

    I would like to see AK at $5-7 mill. However, if he keeps shooting stupid outside jumpers, I'ma flip! His jumpers are turnovers.

    His court vision, speed, length, and defense is one of the best.
    On the flip, his jumpers and drives to the basket are one of the worst.

    Hopefully Tyrone sees that and adjusts.

  • Europe Topeno, Finland
    Sept. 21, 2011 10:15 a.m.

    What a joy to see Kirilenko in the games. He literally kept Russia in the game. Kirilenko was THE reason Russia got as far as they did. He was NOT the selfish shooter (like so many hot names in the NBA) but one of the best smartest team players I have ever seen on the court, At the very heat of the games he did everything right... blocked, passed, stole, scored, rebounded - Andre was back at being Andre at BEST.
    And Folks, that's that.

  • Silent Lurker Cottonwood Heights, UT
    Sept. 21, 2011 9:35 a.m.

    No way the jazz pay AK 5 mil or more. They know they were burned the last time, too much young talent on the jazz roster to have a big payday to AK. AK was not the only overpaid NBA player, but he was one of the two most overpaid on the jazz roster.

  • Go Big Blue!!! Bountiful, UT
    Sept. 21, 2011 8:51 a.m.

    When was the last time any of you gave money back because you didn't think you earned it?

    While he has had his ups and downs, I think AK has been a great part of the Jazz. Did he nail his last contract? Absolutely! But compared to what the Jazz paid Boozer per game actually played, AK was a bargain.

    Hope that there is a NBA season, and that AK returns and still has some gas in the tank.

  • Brave Sir Robin San Diego, CA
    Sept. 21, 2011 8:22 a.m.

    Kirilenko's next career move should involve classes at a barber college. Come on, bro...for all of us.

  • Johnson72 Salt Lake City, UT
    Sept. 21, 2011 8:09 a.m.

    Wait, hold on there AK... The spazz are going to sign you to a 5yr/125 million contract, rejoice spazz fanzz!

  • JFFR Salt Lake City, UT
    Sept. 21, 2011 7:59 a.m.

    I like AK but hated the contract. In my ideal world I'd want AK to be resigned for $5-7 million (I think thats a bit of a discount considering he was OVERPAID the last 5 years.) But if AK does come back to the Jazz, I expect him to get $8-11 million. Be prepared for it. Jazz overpay to be loyal. It's the Miller way.

    A few things to keep in mind. When AK got his last contract he was coming off a sensational year and a half so the Jazz offered him a max contract. One of the reasons he didn't perform as well is because the Jazz offense started to focus more on Boozer and Okur. This meant the Jazz went from a 1-2-2 offensive set to a 1-4. Where Harping and Kirilenko used to play more prominent roles in the offense, they were now not as relied on. It took AK a few years to adjust, but I have been very pleased with his performance the last 3 years (minus the injuries.)

    I think its great I no longer cringe when he shoots!

  • Doug10 Roosevelt, UT
    Sept. 21, 2011 7:31 a.m.

    AK has been shrewd in the past during contract negotiations and I think that will not change.

    Greg Miller at the end of last season said that AK had a lot of miles on him, suffers injuries that put him on the bench at least 25% of the time and his step is not as quick. I think it will be hard for the Jazz to find a middle or common ground where they could hire him back.

    He did great in this tournament, hope he continues to operate at that pace.

  • redcliffs Ivins, Utah
    Sept. 21, 2011 7:12 a.m.

    AK showed to be one of the best players in this Euro tournament right up there with some other very strong NBA stars. I do think he can still contribute to the Jazz and the Jazz will make an effort to resign him, BUT I don't know if AK will be happy with the money he is going to be offered. It's always about the money.I would be happy to sign him for 2 years at $5 million per year but I don't think he will sign for that. When you think Enes Kanter who is very unproven but has good potential will be paid over 2 million a year in his rookie deal, a quality veteran like AK should be paid 5 million. But that 17 or 18 million he got last year is way too much!!

  • scalman Temecula, CA
    Sept. 21, 2011 5:47 a.m.

    Demanding NBA-out for any Euro contract means Andrei is still a possible Jazzman in the future, although asking for 3 mil a month for a Euro contract seems steep to me. Could be he will be too high priced for Jazz, anyway. Looking forward to the 2012 Olympics and seeing Andrei's Russian team. Good play in tournament, Andrei.

  • Vince the boonies, mexico
    Sept. 21, 2011 5:24 a.m.

    Here's what this amounts to. A.K. has set himself up for life monetarily with the last contract he just finished with the Jazz. Did he earn this much? Absolutely not! Now if money is whats driving this man and the years he has left as a quality player, then I believe he needs to stay in Russia and fade from Jazz history, because everyone knows that he never created any here even though he was a mega million dollar team member. Sign for 3-5mil here A.K. or "get" LOST!

  • Samwise Salt Lake City, UT
    Sept. 20, 2011 10:55 p.m.

    Poor Russia... their best basketball player is Andrei Kirilenko... poor, poor Russia.

  • ouisc Farmington, UT
    Sept. 20, 2011 10:28 p.m.

    Man... stuff is not jiving for me so good...

    First of all, does AK have a future in Utah? The Utah Jazz have locked up shop and won't let players work out and plan for a future. Seems like a dumb question to me as the answer is "no."

    Secondly, why would AK say money isn't why he plays? Is he okay playing for peanuts in Russia, because Utah was paying this guy $15-$17mil per year? Since he never restructured his contract despite not holding up his leadership end of the deal, I'd argue that it actually really IS about money. Since he wants an NBA-out clause if he signs with Russia, I'd argue that it is about money and not wanting to be closer to his family.