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Jazz' Kirilenko signs with CSKA Moscow

Posted on: October 4, 2011 10:40 am
By Matt Moore

The Salt Lake Tribune reports that free agent Andrei Kirilenko has signed a three-year contract with CSKA Moscow in his native Russia. The deal reportedly includes an opt-out for Kirilenko to return to the NBA if and when the lockout ends. 

Kirilenko is expected to re-sign with the Jazz once free agency starts, at a greatly lowered salary from the huge deal he just finished playing under which paid him $17.8 million in 2010-2011. Kirilenko never really lived up to the promise he became a do-it-all forward. It was expected that Kirilenko would develop into the kind of overall product that Lamar Odom is at times for the Lakers, but injuries and role issues have made him largely irrelevant, not to mention the complexities that have existed in Utah over the past several seasons. 

The key here is Kirilenko's opt-out. As a free agent, it was conceivable that he would simply head home and be done with it, but the opt-out ensures he'll be back. If Kirilenko doesn't return to the Jazz, he'll become one of the better free agents on the market, despite that disappointment over the past several seasons. At 30 his best seasons are behind him, but he can contribute enough to garner significant interest from multiple teams on an open market. 

Assuming he's still 30 when we actually get a free agency.  

Since: Nov 15, 2006
Posted on: October 5, 2011 10:28 am

Jazz' Kirilenko signs with CSKA Moscow

D-Will didn't get along with AK47.  Might be a tough sell.

Since: Dec 21, 2007
Posted on: October 4, 2011 3:11 pm

Jazz' Kirilenko signs with CSKA Moscow

They had AK on the local news the other day, and he's come out and said that he wants to stay in Utah because he wants to raise his family here, even if that means taking a large pay-cut.  Of course, I'm sure the man would rather play basketball than have no job, so this move to Russia makes sense.  If the Jazz want to re-sign him, he'll stay in Utah for sure.

Since: Sep 30, 2007
Posted on: October 4, 2011 2:22 pm

Jazz' Kirilenko signs with CSKA Moscow

i would love for AK47 to come to Brooklyn.  and while NBA rules prohibit Prokhorov from promising any 'post-NBA favors', i'm sure the Nets can get him for cheaper than other teams can (after all, once Kiri goes back home, what are the chances the NBA can control all the 'behind doors $$$' that Prokhorov can provide? (if not a legal front office position for Kiri in NBA)
but mostly, i think Kiri would come just because the SF situation is the weak link and it'd be a stress free position being with start up team like the Nets (not to mention the Deron Williams connection)

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