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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Disgruntled Kirilenko Has CSKA Dreaming

CSKA Moscow said it would happily sign Andrei Kirilenko after the Utah Jazz forward revealed in an interview that he wanted to walk away from his $63 million NBA contract to play professionally in Russia.

The president of the CSKA basketball team told Sport Express over the weekend that although Kirilenko's situation with the Jazz was complicated and any move would be subject to the NBA's approval, the door was wide open.

"Of course we would be happy to have a player of his class on our roster," Sergei Kushchenko said.

"But we could fantasize about that all day," he cautioned. "For instance, it would be nice if we could sign Viktor Khryapa, too. And also if the best Russian hockey players were to join our league instead of the NHL."

Kirilenko, who this month led the Russian team to its first European Championship title in 22 years, told the Friday edition of Sport Express that his deteriorating relationship with Utah head coach Jerry Sloan was his main reason for requesting a trade.

"For the past two years I've been going on the court and acting like a robot," Kirilenko said. "When I signed my contract the future looked completely different -- I thought I would play, win and get pleasure from it. Unfortunately, this is out of the question now."

But unless Kirilenko can force a buyout or persuade his team to trade him, the EuroBasket MVP is completely at the mercy of the Jazz. So far, the team has declined to comment on his request.