Thursday , Oct , 15 , 2009 C.Y. Ellis

Andrei Kirilenko Flies to Russia for Personal Reasons

Jazz forward Andrei Kirilenko has left the team to return to his native Russia and tend to a personal, undisclosed family matter there.

The absence is "excused," a team spokesman said.

Kirilenko will miss the Jazz’s exhibition games Thursday night at home vs. Portland and on Saturday against the Clippers in Los Angeles.