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Re-signing Andrei Kirilenko?

Saltlake City Tribune reported Andrei Kirilenko hopes to re-sign with the Jazz. He’s been playing for Utah since the 2001-2002 season.
The Jazz has been good about keeping their franchise players. Mark Eaton and John Stockton were drafted by Utah and never left the team throughout their career. Karl Malone also played for Utah all the season he played except the last one he played in the Lakers.
Based on the Jazz’s team style, the team will consider re-signing him seriously, or at least they would pretend they’re working on it. Andrei was definitely the Jazz’s franchise player and used to be the man before Deron Williams joined the team in 2005. He can block shots with his extremely long arms, which provide the Jazz strong paint-zone defense; He know how to pass the ball in Jerry Sloan’s motion offense; He’s a nice fast break finisher.
But the issue left to discuss is here; Is this 29-year-old forward would be healthy enough to contribute to the Jazz for next 3 or 4 years? Kirilenko played only 58 games last season, which suggests he missed 24 games. That’s almost 1/3 of the entire season. What was worse is that most of the games he missed were at the end of the season and the playoff days that the Jazz needed him so bad.
In my opinion, the Jazz should sign him only when the contract is moderate enough to embrace the possibility of loosing him due to injury. It’s cool to keep the franchise player from wearing another team’s uniform. I just hope AK would be willing to sign with the Jazz even if the contract might not be the best one in terms of financial benefit. The Jazz already paid him far more than he deserves.

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  1. October 7, 2010 at 5:48 pm

    My favorite part about AK 47 is that he got his number idea from former gopher great Quincy Lewis’ short stint in the NBA. The Jazz have been very consistent about keeping their franchise players within the organization, however, I’m not sure that bringing him back is worth it. I like how you say if they sign him at a moderate price than it is totally worth it. But if he is asking for a contract based on what he has done over his entire career rather than the past few seasons than it would be more than reasonable to let him walk.

  2. Karrie
    October 7, 2010 at 7:20 pm

    I agree, its always cool to keep a player wearing their jersey, its always so sad when a player is traded after years of being with one team.

  3. October 7, 2010 at 7:22 pm

    I really like your focus on all your blogs. They aren’t scattered all over the place like mine. You’ve found a topic that interests you and a huge part of the population. Looks great!

  4. October 7, 2010 at 9:10 pm

    I like the way you broke down all the statistics regarding the Jazz and Kirilenko’s career. You definitely follow the team closely and did your homework regarding the numbers cited within the story. I’ve watched him occasionally and he is a very skilled player. I believe the Jazz would benefit by re-signing him, even with the risk of potential injuries.

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