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Ex-Utah Jazz forward Andrei Kirilenko plans NBA return, source says

Published July 24, 2012 2:19 pm

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Former Utah Jazz forward Andrei Kirilenko plans to return to the NBA for the 2012-13 season, a league source informed The Salt Lake Tribune on Tuesday.

Kirilenko, 31, spent 10 seasons playing for Utah. He averaged 12.4 points, 5.6 rebounds, 2.8 assists and 2 rebounds in 681 games (478 starts).

Kirilenko didn't play in the NBA during 2011-12. He chose to return to his native country of Russia during the NBA lockout, playing for CSKA Moscow and becoming one of the top players in the international game. Kirilenko is currently playing with Russia during the 2012 Summer Olympics in London.

A league source told The Tribune on July 5 that Kirilenko was "50-50" and had yet to make an official decision about returning to the NBA.

Brian T. Smith

Twitter: @tribjazz