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Kirilenko says 50/50 he returns to NBA; if so think Utah, Nets

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CSKA Moscow Andrei Kirilenko reacts after the final against Olympiakos in the Euroleague Final Four at the Sinan Erdem Arena in Istanbul, Sunday, May 13, 2012. Olympiakos beat CSKA Moscow 62-61. (AP Photo/Thanassis Stavrakis)


Andrei Kirilenko had to watch from the sidelines with an ankle sprain the last couple games as his team — Russian powerhouse CSKA Moscow — wrapped up another Russian League title after being part of the EuroLeague final four.

So, now what for Kirilenko? Does he stay in Russia? Return to the NBA? If so, where?

He doesn’t really know, he told Russian site (translation via Sportando).

“I haven’t decided my future yet. There are 50-50 chances for me to stay or to go. I just want to say that if I stay in Europe, it will be with CSKA Moscow. I won’t play for any other team. I am going to weigh my options. It is going to be a very busy summer” said Kirilenko,

Assuming he does leave for the NBA (and the interviewer thinks he will, if Google Translate did its job right) Kirilenko said that the Utah Jazz and Brooklyn Nets are the “priority.” Utah is where Kirilenko has played before (and they could use him) while Brooklyn is owned by Russian billionaire Mikhail Prokhorov (and they could use anybody).

At some point I expect Kirilenko will return to Russia to play a few more years and finish his career, but I expect him back in the NBA next season.