Kirilenko a max guy?

Updated: October 21, 2004, 12:40 PM ET
By Chad Ford | ESPN Insider
Five observations from Jazz training camp, based on an Oct 15-16 visit:

The talks between the Jazz and Andrei Kirilenko's representative Marc Fleisher on a new contract have gotten tough over the past week. Kirilenko has become increasingly frustrated that the two sides have been unable to reach a deal on a six-year extension.

Both sides agree it has begun to affect the 23-year-old All-Star in camp.

"I'm angry," Kirilenko said. "I just want to earn what I believe I'm worth. It bothers me, because I want to be very important player on this team. If not, it's OK. It won't affect me."

Chad Ford

ESPN Senior Writer