SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -Despite complaints about his playing time and even tears during the playoffs, Andrei Kirilenko likely will remain with the Utah Jazz.
``We're going to 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 fewer 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.''

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