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.
Poor Russia... their best basketball player is Andrei Kirilenko... poor, poor
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
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,
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!!
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.
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!
Wait, hold on there AK... The spazz are going to sign you to a 5yr/125 million
contract, rejoice spazz fanzz!
Kirilenko's next career move should involve classes at a barber college. Come
on, bro...for all of us.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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