"We're gonna keep him, as far as I'm concerned," coach Jerry
Sloan said Monday.
"We're not looking. I don't like to trade people," he said.
"But we've got to do what's best for the franchise, always."
Kirilenko, Utah's top draft pick in 1999 and its highest-paid
player, averaged less than 10 points in 17 playoff games as the
Jazz advanced to the Western Conference finals. He made 21.3
percent of his 3-point shots during the season, a career low.
"He's got to come and play," Sloan said. "I mean, when he
doesn't come and play hard, he can blame it on whatever he wants,
but all I can say is what I see on the floor.
"We loved the way when he plays great," the coach said. "And
he can be good all the time if he works at it."