Kirilenko will give Jazz top billing after contract ends
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Utah Jazz forward Andrei Kirilenko said Tuesday that the Jazz will be given top billing when he searches for a new contract after the 2010-11 season.

Kirilenko, who has played for Utah his entire nine-year career, is set to make $17.8 million this season and is in the final year of his a six-year deal he signed in 2004.

"There's no sense to change," said Kirilenko, prior to a morning workout at the team practice facility. "But again ... it's about business. We'll see how it goes after this year."

Kirilenko, 29, is still considering playing in Russia after his NBA career ends. But he was not sure how long he will continue to play in the league, adding that the possibility of him one day taking the court in his native country depends upon how his body ages.

"I will probably stay in the NBA and play a few years here," Kirilenko said.

He added: "At the end of your career, you look at your family and where your kids go to school, rather than whatever you want."— Brian T. Smithbsmith@sltrib.comTwitter: tribjazz