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GodsSon
10-04-2011, 09:05 PM
Former Utah Jazz forward Andrei Kirilenko has signed a three-year contract with CSKA Moscow that gives him an option to return to the NBA if the lockout ends.

Kirilenko, who played for CSKA Moscow until joining the Jazz in 2001, said he would donate any money he earns in Russia to his charitable foundation.

"I am glad to be back with the team where I spent my years of adolescence," Kirilenko said, according to a news release from the Euroleague. "It's a pleasure to have a chance to play for Russian fans, my friends and relatives."

Kirilenko will become an unrestricted free agent once the 2011-12 NBA campaign begins but has expressed a desire to play for the team that drafted him 24th overall in 1999.

The 30-year-old grew up in Russia but gained dual citizenship recently.

He averaged 11.7 points and 5.1 rebounds last season but battled injuries.

Team president Andrei Vatutin said the signing was a win-win for both sides, even if the lockout ends and Kirilenko returns to the NBA.

"We understand perfectly all the risks of his possible departure but we knowingly take them," Vatutin said. "Even if he leaves the team in a month or two -- depending on his desire -- Kirilenko will play several games, and his participation will add to the interest toward our team," Kazlauskas said.

http://espn.go.com/nba/story/_/id/7059159/andrei-kirilenko-formerly-utah-jazz-signs-cska-moscow-euroleague

Mishmin
10-04-2011, 09:18 PM
Good luck AK

VCaintdead17
10-04-2011, 09:26 PM
Not too surprised. Pretty sure there's been rumors of him going back to Russia for the past couple of years.

UPRock
10-04-2011, 09:27 PM
He's a good player, Wish him the best.

NYman15
10-04-2011, 09:51 PM
Good for him. I'm curious to see if he heads back to the NBA after the lockout. I guess it depends on whether he likes Russia more and would rather stay there.

DoMeFavors
10-04-2011, 09:52 PM
looks like his time in the NBA is over

PC
10-04-2011, 10:05 PM
looks like his time in the NBA is over

:confused:

How so? It's a 3 year contract but he has an out clause when the season starts. Plus, he said he was going to donate all the money he makes while playing in Russia. Doesn't sound like he plans on staying there long term

DoMeFavors
10-04-2011, 10:08 PM
:confused:

How so? It's a 3 year contract but he has an out clause when the season starts. Plus, he said he was going to donate all the money he makes while playing in Russia. Doesn't sound like he plans on staying there long term

Yeah but why sign a 3 year deal?

Raps18-19 Champ
10-04-2011, 10:14 PM
Yeah but why sign a 3 year deal?

Assuming he doesn't get the interest he wants in the NBA?

UPRock
10-04-2011, 10:42 PM
His number should be retired by the Jazz.

NYKalltheway
10-05-2011, 09:07 AM
Kirilenko with an AK-47 :D

http://www.cskabasket.com/images/photos/1317735880.jpg

UPRock
10-05-2011, 10:14 AM
Kirilenko with an AK-47 :D

http://www.cskabasket.com/images/photos/1317735880.jpg

Wow LOL He's AK-47 afterall.

Fresno
10-05-2011, 05:41 PM
Smart move. He can come back and join a team making a Playoff run in February or March.

He has a lot of flexibility with this move.

daleja424
10-05-2011, 05:43 PM
Dude has an out clause... so he will likely be back...

and if not...big whoop... he hasn't exactly been relevant in awhile