Forward Andrei Kirilenko will soon begin practicing with Russia for the 2011 EuroBasket tournament.
Kirilenko stated several times last season while playing for the Jazz that he intended to compete for Russia. Insurance will not be an issue, and Kirilenko is fully healed from injuries that forced him to miss Utah's final 10 games of the 2010-11 campaign.
Kirilenko is no longer under contract with the Jazz and will be a free agent once the 2011-12 season starts.
Jazz center Mehmet Okur has returned to the United States and is doing well.
Kosta Koufos had 10 points and 10 rebounds in 21 minutes off the bench.
Jazz rookie center Enes Kanter scored a co-game high 14 points on 7-of-9 shooting and pulled down seven rebounds Wednesday during his debut in the 2011 EuroBasket tournament in Panevezys, Lithuania.
Kanter also clocked a team-high 21 minutes, 58 seconds for Turkey, which defeated Portugal 79-56 during a first-round game.
Orlando Magic forward Hedo Turkoglu added 14 points for Turkey, which held a 64-38 lead after three quarters.
Kanter ran the court smoothly and shot a perfect 6 of 6 from the field during the first half. He did not see much action during the second half, and ended the game with three personal fouls.
Turkey will play Great Britain on Thursday, Lithuania on Friday and Poland on Sunday.
Brian T. Smith
Jazz rookie center Enes Kanter hit double digits again.
Kanter recorded 11 points and grabbed five rebounds Thursday during Turkey's 90-61 blowout victory against Great Britain during a EuroBasket 2011 first-round contest in Panevezys, Lithuania.
Orlando Magic forward Hedo Turkoglu added seven points for Turkey, while Chicago Bulls center Omer Asik contributed seven points and nine rebounds.
Bulls forward Luol Deng scored a game-high 22 points for Great Britain, but shot just 6 of 16 from the floor.
Turkey improved to 2-0 with the victory and will play Lithuania on Friday.
Kanter is averaging 12.5 points and six rebounds through two contests while shooting 71.4 percent (10 of 14) from the field. He was 5 of 5 from the free throw line Thursday, displaying a soft touch at the stripe and running the court well during the fast break. Asik was more of an inside offensive presence Thursday, though, while Kanter at times was unable to collect defensive rebounds and control the paint.
Elsewhere in EuroBasket action, former Jazz forward Andrei Kirilenko led Russia in points (20), rebounds (11) and assists (four) Wednesday during a 73-64 victory against Ukraine. Ex-Utah center Kyrylo Fesenko was limited to zero points on 0-of-1 shooting and three rebounds in just six minutes for Ukraine.
Kirilenko poured in a team-high 20 points Thursday during Russia's 65-58 win over Georgia, adding four rebounds and three steals.
After playing so well at EuroBasket 2011 on Sunday, neither Enes Kanter nor Andrei Kirilenko made major contributions on Monday, although both their national teams prevailed.
Kanter finished with two points and one rebound during Turkey's 65-57 victory over previously-undefeated Spain. Turkey improved to 3-2 in Group A while Spain, which played without NBA star Pau Gasol because of a sprained ankle, dropped to 4-1.
Kirilenko scored eight points, but he was not one the floor during the final minutes, when Russia rallied for a 65-64 victory over Slovenia in a battle between the top teams in Group D. Russia improved to 5-0 heading into the knockout round while Slovenia, which led this game until the final seconds, slipped to 4-1.
Also Monday, Kyrylo Fesenko scored two points and grabbed one rebound in three minutes of action as Ukraine defeated Belgium, 74-61, and advanced to the knockout round with a 2-3 record in Group D.
Jazz rookie center Enes Kanter's time in the EuroBasket 2011 tournament is over.
Turkey fell to Serbia 68-67 Sunday during a second-round contest in Vilnius, Lithuania. The loss eliminated Turkey from the tournament and ended the team's hope of qualifying for the 2012 Summer Olympics in London.
Kanter scored a co-team high 11 points on 4-of-9 shooting and grabbed five rebounds. He averaged 9.6 points and 3.9 rebounds during eight games, ranking sixth overall during the tournament in field goal percentage (59.2).
Former Jazz forward Andrei Kirilenko continues to excel. He led Russia in rebounds (eight), assists (five) and steals (two) during the team's 83-67 victory against Greece on Saturday. An undefeated Russia squad will face F.Y.R. of Macedonia on Monday.