Real Madrid reportedly turns down Kirilenko

Published September 9, 2011 6:28 pm
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Will Andrei Kirilenko play overseas this season?It's an obvious option for Kirilenko, an unrestricted free agent after playing out a six-year, $86 million contract with the Jazz.Kirilenko has talked about playing in Russia, his homeland, or for teams in Europe. According to Marca.com, Kirilenko recently approached Spanish League power Real Madrid about a contract, but the club balked over his $5.8 million salary request.Kirilenko was paid $17.8 million last season, when injuries again limited his contribution to the Jazz. In 64 games, he averaged 11.7 points and 5.1 rebounds.Kirilenko has said all along his No. 1 career choice would be re-signing with Utah. It could happen, too, if he's willing to return for considerably less than what he is used to making in the NBA.On a team as young as the Jazz, a reasonably priced veteran like Kirilenko who knows Utah, knows coach Tyrone Corbin and knows the NBA could be valuable.— Steve Luhm

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