League sources tell NetsDaily that despite Mark Stein's tweeted report that the Nets have an "intriguing option" that would send Andrei Kirilenko to Utah, there's been "no contact" between the two teams regarding AK-47.
The Nets "have had no contact with Utah regarding AK," one league source told NetsDaily.
"Don't believe everything ESPN tweets," said a second source, echoing the first.
In the initial stages of trade talks, a player's agent --with permission-- can contact a team on behalf of the player to try and broker a deal. In that scenario, the agent serves as a middle man ... until one side or the other says no. A return to Utah, where Kirilenko played for eight years and still maintains a home, would be ideal for the veteran forward.
Stein reported that the Nets "intriguing option" would have sent Kirilenko to the Jazz for the expiring contracts of Jeremy Evans and Toure' Murry.
Its the second time in three days that league sources have suggested a trade rumor involving Kirilenko might not have resonance. On Friday, ESPN's Ohm Youngmisuk reported that the Nets and Philly had "preliminary discussions" that would send Kirilenko and Sergey Karasev to the 76ers for little more than a $5 million trade exception.
Sourcs have suggested that Kirilenko is generating interest from multiple teams. The Nets could wait until December 15, when rookies and free agents signed this summer will be available.
- Andrei Kirilenko back to Jazz? - Mike Mazzeo - ESPN New York