Friday , Oct , 29 , 2004 C.Y. Ellis

Kirilenko signs six-year extension with Jazz

=== Kirilenko signs six-year extension with Jazz ===

Salt Lake City, UT (Sports Network) – Utah Jazz forward Andrei Kirilenko
signed a six-year, $86 million contract extension with the team Friday. The
deal, which culminated three months of negotiations, will kick in next season.

Kirilenko, 23, is the longest tenured player on the Jazz. Last season the 6-
foot-9 Russian led them in points (16.2), rebounds (8.1), blocked shots (2.76)
and steals (1.92).

“Andrei is not only our longest tenured player; he brings toughness and
leadership to the team,” said Jazz President Dennis Haslam. “We are extremely
fortunate to have signed this extension.”

In three seasons with Utah, Kirilenko has averaged 13 points, 6.1 rebounds,
2.3 blocks and two assists per game.

“We have a young, potentially great team — and a legendary coach (in Jerry
Sloan),” Kirilenko said. “We have a great organization and it’s a great
confidence to build a team that can dominate the next few years in the