Would You Want Kirilenko?

The Salt Lake Tribune’s Ross Siler wrote that the Jazz may be looking to move forward Andrei Kirilenko this offseason to cut money. He threw out there the idea of Kirilenko for Corey Maggette.
That’s a pretty good scenario to ponder. For a second.

Kirilenko is due more than $34 million over the next two years. That’s a lot of money for someone who averaged 11.6 points and 4.8 rebounds in 27 minutes last season, and 11.0 points and 4.7 rebounds in 30.8 minutes the year before that, and 8.3 points and 4.7 rebounds in 29.3 minutes the year before that.
Suddenly, Maggette’s production and contract doesn’t look so bad when you put him next to Kirilenko.
If I am Utah, and the Warriors are interested, I’d do that deal in a heartbeat. It would require another player (do the Warriors have someone making about $7-10 million who they don’t want around?), but I would still do it if I’m the Jazz. $60 million total over four years is better than $34 million over two when you consider the production. They need veteran scoring off the bench (Maggette) and could use a dependable playmaker in the backcourt (Crawford) with Deron Williams. Even with their defensive deficiencies, it would be a good move for Utah.
The Warriors, on the other hand, should hang up the phone on this one. They do not need a lanky, energy player who can, at times, dominate on both ends but struggles with his emotions. They already have one of those, and he’s better and way cheaper.

Marcus Thompson