Tue Jan 19 08:37am EST
Utah Jazz forward Andrei Kirilenko(notes) becomes a free agent in the summer of 2010 and it isn't likely that he'll match his previous contract. He's due $17.8 million next year, the last in a deal that will end up making him $86 million richer. Not bad for a guy who is averaging 10.9 points and 4.5 rebounds per game.
A few years ago, Kirilenko, who was raised in St. Petersburg, Russia, said he wanted to ditch out on the remaining years and megabucks left on his contract if he could just go back and play in Europe. But he decided to stay in Utah and he apparently wants to stay there when his contract runs out, according to FanHouse.
"I don't think the money is going to be an issue,'' Kirilenko told FanHouse. "I understand that I look at the world realistically. I understand my value is going to be a little lower than it is right now. I'm not worried about that. Money has never been an issue. It's good to have a good contract and money. But my priority is basketball.''
Remember than when the league minimum is offered to you next summer, Andrei.
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