The Brooklyn Nets are working to finalize a deal to unload Andrei Kirilenko onto the Philadelphia 76ers, sparing the franchise nearly $12 million in salary and luxury tax, league sources told Yahoo Sports.
Kirilenko, 33, is in the final year of a $3.3 million contract and would be waived in Philadelphia should the deal be completed, sources said. Kirilenko would become a free agent, but it could still be several weeks – even months – before he's ready to sign a deal to play elsewhere this season, sources said.
The Nets would include a second-round pick to the 76ers in the deal, sources said. Team officials are still discussing who the Nets would take back in a trade – a player likely to be on a non-guaranteed contract.
Kirilenko, who fell out of favor with Nets coach Lionel Hollins, is attending to a family matter in the New York area that could limit his willingness to travel until sometime in early 2015, sources said.
The Cleveland Cavaliers and Los Angeles Clippers are among the contenders with needs at small forward who'll wait to see if Kirilenko is interested in signing a free-agent deal upon clearing waivers. Kirilenko has history with Cavaliers coach David Blatt, who coached him on the Russian national team.
Kirilenko struggled to stay healthy with the Nets a year ago, but did hold a significant role under ex-coach Jason Kidd when he was available. Under Hollins, Kirilenko has played only 36 minutes – without a basket.
Kirilenko has had a decorated NBA and international basketball career. He was an All-Star for the Utah Jazz in 2004 and first-team All-Defense in 2006. In 12 NBA seasons, he's played with the Jazz, Minnesota Timberwolves and Nets.
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