Earlier today the Nets announced that Andrei Kirilenko will not travel with the team on this two game road trip, which begins tonight in Oklahoma City, due to personal reasons. Later, Lionel Hollins said he wasn't sure whether or not Kirilenko will rejoin the team when they return to Brooklyn next week.
Now, ESPN's Ohm Youngmisuk is reporting that the Nets are in preliminary talks with the 76ers about sending Kirilenko and Sergey Karasev to Philadelphia.
Here are the known details:
According to sources, Nets have had preliminary talks w/ Sixers about moving Kirilenko + Karasev. In such case Sixers likely waive Kirilenko— Ohm Youngmisuk (@NotoriousOHM) November 21, 2014
If the Nets and Sixers were to make a deal involving Kirilenko + Karasev, Nets likely would seek and get a trade exception in return— Ohm Youngmisuk (@NotoriousOHM) November 21, 2014
Bob Cooney, a 76ers beat writer, says he's getting mixed signals...
Another source says there may not be much to A possible Sixers-Nets deal.— Bob Cooney (@BobCooney76) November 21, 2014
And Comcast Sports Net Philly reports, "The Sixers would likely require a future draft pick in addition to acquiring the Nets' pair of Russian-born players. It's unclear what the Sixers would send the Nets in return."
Nothing appears to be imminent, but it sounds as if Kirilenko's days with the Nets are over.
Hollins on Kirilenko: "I make choices and that’s the way we go. It’s life. I just go with what’s out there and who is getting the job done."— Stefan Bondy (@nydninternets) November 22, 2014
As for the mechanics of the trade, the 76ers are so far below the salary cap that they could take on both contracts and send out nothing more than a pick or picks. In that scenario, the Nets would get a TE of $4.9 million.
The Nets have two trade exceptions currently, one worth $741,000 acquired in the deal that brought Karasev and Jarett Jack to Brooklyn last February and a $1.1 million TE from the trade that sent Marquis Teague to Philadelphia. The first expires in February, the second in October.
So, what happened between Kirilenko and the Nets? Well...
We don't have any idea just yet.
- Nets are looking to trade Andrei Kirilenko - Ohm Youngmisuk & Mike Mazzeo - ESPN New York
- Andrei Kirilenko may have played final game with Nets - Stefan Bondy - New York Daily News
Report: Sixers, Nets talk trade involving Kirilenko, Karasev - Comcast Sports Net
- Andrei Kirilenko has left the Brooklyn Nets, and he may not be coming back - Kelly Dwyer - Yahoo! Sports
- Hollins talks Kirilenko as Nets ready for OKC (Video) - YES Network