View Full Version : Kirilenko to Russia? Agent denies rumor (Post #2)

09-17-2008, 06:33 PM
Source: The Hoop Blog (http://thehoop.blogspot.com/2008/09/rumors-about-cska-and-kirilenko.html)

Today morning krepsinis.net (http://www.krepsinis.net/news.php?news_id=84079) published an article about Andrei Kirilenko(2.06-F) and a potential interest of CSKA for the player known as "AK-47". This comes to pair with the rumors that circulated regarding Ben Gordon and CSKA (http://thehoop.blogspot.com/2008/09/ben-gordon-to-decide-about-cska.html) a few weeks ago. The article says that CSKA wants to offer Kirilenko a contract to rival that of other NBA stars and what seems to be the appeal in this case for CSKA is that Kirilenko, doesn't occupy the position of non-russian player, which allows CSKA to keep him in the roster at all times, the same reason they got Khryapa and Khaun,i.e. to get ahead of the competition. It also says that this might be the reason that Kirilenko has not renewed with the Utah Jazz yet.

Kirilenko is one of the best european players in the NBA at the moment and certainly the best russian player out there at the moment. Last season he averaged 11 points 3.4 rebounds 2.5 assists and 1.5 blocks in 72 games in the regular season for the Utah Jazz.

09-21-2008, 05:06 AM
Source: The Desert News (http://deseretnews.com/article/1,5143,700260047,00.html) (For Complete Article Click on Source)

Andrei Kirilenko's agent doesn't doubt that Russian pro team CSKA — the reigning European champion from Moscow — would snatch up the country's premier and highest-profile player in a heartbeat.

But, despite rumors about the Jazz forward's future that are being bandied about on the Internet and on local sports-talk radio, don't count on AK-47 shooting off to Russia anytime soon.

"There's no question that they would love to have him," agent Marc Fleisher said of CSKA. "But to my knowledge, they haven't made any efforts this summer — at least through me — to get him, so I don't take it (the rumor) very seriously."

A report surfaced this week on Russian Web site krepsinis.net, claiming CSKA wants to offer Kirilenko an NBA-like lucrative contract, similar to the rumor that surfaced recently about the team's hopes of enticing guard Ben Gordon to bolt from Chicago for Russia. It was even speculated that AK-47 might not have "renewed with the Utah Jazz yet" because of this possible offer. A roughly translated portion of the article later appeared on thehoop.blogspot.com, and spread from there.